The Big Issue has paid tribute to a much-loved seller who died in Knightswood at the weekend.

The magazine said that they are "saddened" to report on the death of Paul Kelly who was a seller of The Big Issue in Glasgow city centre.

The Post previously reported that Mr Kelly was found with serious injuries on Hermitage Avenue on Saturday morning.

Emergency services attended but the 50-year-old died at the scene. A man appeared in Glasgow Sheriff Court today in connection with the death.

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Big Issue editor Paul McNamee said: "We're devastated. He was such a sweet man. We talked a lot, many times a week, just putting the world to rights. He always had plenty to say.

“His father died not so long ago and he had a bit of a tough time with that. But he met it and he liked to talk about him and reminisce.

“Paul was both tough and really gentle. He was such a part of The Big Issue, such a part of Glasgow city centre. He talked about the good people, the regular customers and friends he had who looked out for him. Everything is a bit darker and quieter just now.”

The Big Issue revealed that Mr Kelly sold their publication for 15 years. He was known for shouting the catchphrase: "Don't be shy, give it a try. I don't bite", on his pitches.

The newspaper is one of the UK's leading social businesses and exists to offer homeless people or individuals at risk of homelessness an opportunity to earn a legitimate income.