THE twin of a man who was found dead in a bank has spoken of an "amazing brother" who was much-loved and well-known across Bradford.

Asghar Badshah, 39, of Bradford - who was also known as Oscar - was found dead inside the old Yorkshire Bank, in Commercial Street, Batley, on Sunday, December 29.

Tributes have flooded in for "a rare diamond", since his body was formally identified on New Year's Eve.

The 39-year-old's twin brother, Akbar, admitted it was hard to put into words what the loss means to him, the family and the extensive list of people who knew him.

He said: "He was just such a lovely human being.

"I must have had over one hundred people visit me on Thursday, and there's going to be more coming, to pay their respects.

"Everybody is saying such amazing stories.

"If anybody had any problem, he would help them.

"He wasn't a violent man, if he had his last £10 in his pocket, he'd give it to a stranger to help them.

"He loved all people equally."

Both grew up in East Bowling and went to school at Dixons City Technology College (CTC), after passing an exam to get in.

As "absolutely identical" twins the pair would often be mistaken.

Mr Badshah said: "Even to this day, people confuse us.

"But my brother was so popular, he was always well-known and well liked."

While he eventually went on to study Optometry and worked away from Bradford for 10 years, Oscar remained in East Bowling.

Mr Badshah said his selfless brother loved the place and undertook lots of charity and community work throughout his life.

Being such an outgoing character meant Oscar had lots of friends and became a well-known figure in East Bowling and Bradford, says Mr Badshah.

He was once stopped in the city centre by a woman, as he went for a meal with his wife.

She thought Mr Badshah was Oscar and he had to explain that this was not the case.

Such instances were a regular occurrence the brother said, who described himself as being the more "conservative" of the two.

He said: "We had so much banter about being twins and not many people knew that we were.

"It happens all the time - not one time, but so many times it happens.

"I was on a cruise ship last November in the middle of the Med and a lady shouted 'Oscar'.

"I couldn't believe it."

Oscar became a bus driver for First in February 2018.

Mr Badshah, who works as an optician in Halifax and Skipton, said their paths often crossed in the most humourous of ways.

A client of Mr Badshah's had an eye test at the opticians in Halifax, and then ended up on a First bus, which Oscar was driving.

The passenger was baffled and said to Oscar, "haven't you just done my eye test?", according to Mr Badshah.

The twin said his brother responded: "You should go back to the opticians."

Mr Badshah said that was typical of Oscar.

He added: "He was always humorous, always jovial, always happy, always cheerful.

"There was always a smile on his face.

"He was just an amazing brother to have."

A number of Oscar's regular passengers spoke to Mr Badshah about his brother's life-loving attitude.

He said: "They said he was singing while he was driving the bus.

"He took the wrong turning once and they told him and he said 'I'm sorry, I was thinking about my breakfast.'"

Dozens of messages remembering Asghar Badshah flooded in to a book of condolence set up in memory of him too.

He has been described as "one of the nicest, humblest lads you could meet", "a rare diamond" and "a gentle and lovely guy to be around" by friends who have paid their respects on the page on the Telegraph & Argus website.

One contributor said: "I’m pretty lost for words right now.

"All I can really say is I will remember the good times we had together playing on your arcade machines in your cellar and generally just having a good time with you and having such a laugh.

"You will be missed brother. Rest in peace. May Allah grant you the highest place in Jannat."