Tributes have been paid to a councillor and former mayor of Waltham Forest, who has died aged just 34.

Nadeem Ali, who had served as a Labour councillor for William Morris ward in Walthamstow since 2010, died on Saturday (May 13).

Mr Ali was also mayor of Waltham Forest from May 2013 to May 2014, becoming the youngest person to complete a full term in the office at just 30 years of age.

The flag at Town Hall, in Forest Road, Walthamstow, will be flown at half-mast in tribute to the councillor.

Waltham Forest council leader, Chris Robbins, said: "We were deeply saddened to learn that Cllr Nadeem Ali tragically passed away on Saturday, aged just 34. Our thoughts are with his family.

"He was incredibly passionate about local issues and helping the community, and was an excellent ambassador for the borough. He will be greatly missed in Waltham Forest."

"Out of respect for Nadeem and his family we are flying the flag at half-mast at the Town Hall and a book of condolence has been opened in the Town Hall reception area, which residents are welcome to come and contribute to. 

"We know that residents will want to pay their respects, and there will be more information about commemoration for Nadeem over the coming days."

Cllr Ali was brought up in the borough, attending Mission Grove Primary, Willowfield Secondary School and George Monoux College.

He is the son of Waltham Forest council cabinet member for community safety, Cllr Liaquat Ali, who also served as mayor of the borough from 2007 to 2008.

He is also survived by his wife, Saika, and brothers Hather and Umar.