TRIBUTES have been paid following the death of a popular Alcester 'local legend' and community stalwart.

Well known Barry Staples died on Christmas day aged 73.

Barry, from Rufford Close in Alcester, passed away while at Redditch's Alexandra Hospital after a decline in health.

Born in Oversley in 1946 Barry grew up in Arrow and moved to Alcester where he raised a small family.

He would always be doing things for the community - caring for Arrow Church and helping at Alcester Town Hall.

He worked at Ross Motors as the courtyard manager and The Roebuck pub as bar manager before he retired.

He was also a special police constable for 33 years, after joining the force in 1972.

Just some of his highlights included helping to host royalty on three separate occasions and working throughout Alcester, Bidford and Studley.

He was fondly remembered for telling his ‘back in the day’ stories from his time in the force.

Daughter Caroline said: "He had many stories of petty crime around the area and what they used to get up to.

"He would always have an old joke... that could have been a bit risky as well. He had a great loud laugh which made everyone laugh.

"He had an interest in cars and loved anything to do with the war including Spitfire planes. He loved going to the pubs and meeting with his friends group which he did right up until he went into hospital on December 20.

"When I was younger he was always out working around Alcester. I’d join him while he mowed the grass at Arrow Church and looked after people’s houses while they were away. He was very trustworthy."

She added he was was extremely popular and will be missed by everyone who knew him.

"It’s fair to say half of Alcester will be at the funeral," she said.

Barry is survived by daughters Caroline and Emma.