Controversial campaigner Paul Janik who used social media to highlight things he believed were wrong in his home town of Slough has died suddenly.

Mr Janik was the founder of his own 'Slough' party as well as the man behind his own Slough Times internet blog.

He was relentless in his criticism of things he felt were wrong about the Borough Council as well as in writing about things he felt were unjust.

He was briefly elected onto the council but after major disagreements his time as an elected representative came to an end in 2006 after three years. He was a maverick who preferred to operate as an individual when he took up a cause.

Friends joked that Mr Janik knew every pothole in Slough.

His good friend Sharon O'Reilly said: "He was a man who could drive you to distraction. But on the slip side he had a big heart and could show empathy, sympathy and understanding to anyone who needed his help."

Mr Janik, who is believed to have been in his 70s, moved to Britwell as a boy with his family.

He never married and lived for years in Long Readings Lane with his mother, after returning from Holland to look after her in her later years.

Mr Janik died on Sunday. It is understood he had been told he needed a heart bypass operation.

Ms O'Reilly said he remained busy until the end and had been writing his Christmas cards as usual shortly before his death - something he always like to do this time of year.

She said: "His cards usually came late but despite heavy rain, heavy snow, heavy wind or all three he always managed to get them delivered on his scooter just before Christmas Day."

A spokesman for Slough Borough Council said: “The council has recently been made aware of the passing of Paul Janik, a former councillor at Slough Borough Council between 2003 to 2006. We pass on our condolences to his family and friends.”