A "popular" and long-serving teacher who died will be greatly missed, a college has said.

Howard Freeman worked at Oaklands College in St Albans for 25 years before his death.

He began his career as a cleaner and porter before he later became a qualified teacher in the Trowel Trades department.

An Oaklands College spokesperson said: “We are immensely saddened to hear of the passing of Howard Freeman, a kind-hearted, valued member of the Trowel Trades department at Oaklands College for over 20 years.

“Howard began his career at Oaklands College as a cleaner and porter in 1996, occupying a number of roles before becoming a qualified teacher at the college.

“Howard supported, mentored and developed a large number of our students throughout his time at the college and was a valued and popular member of staff to both his students and colleagues and will be greatly missed by all at Oaklands College.”

Did you know Mr Freeman? If you would like to pay tribute to him, email daisy.smith@newsquest.co.uk