FAMILY and colleagues of Devizes motorcyclist Angus Yeates who died in a crash on a notoriously dangerous stretch of road in Lacock have paid tribute to a man with a heart of gold.

The 54-year-old, who lived with his mother Catherine in Devizes and worked at the recycling centre in Stanton St Quintin, near Chippenham, was the sort of person who would do anything for anyone.

One of his colleagues said that if a friend was in need he would happily lend them money or help out in any other way he could.

His supervisor Nigel said: “He was just a really lovely man. I had known him for about 12 years. When we heard the news on Monday morning we couldn’t believe it.

“We had all been together working on Sunday until 5pm and expected to be together again on Monday.”

Another colleague said: “A dark cloud is hanging over us all now. He always had a smile on his face and we just miss hearing his voice. He loved his motorbikes and on nice days he used to ride in to work. He was also a keen traveller and had planned a holiday to America.”

His family also paid tribute to Mr Yeates, whose first name was Andrew but was known to all as Angus. They said: “As a family we are all devastated to announce that Angus sadly died in a road traffic accident on his motorbike on Sunday at just 54 years old.

“He was such a kind, loving, generous man who would do anything for anyone. He lived for his family and motorbikes.

“He worked for FCC recycling centre in Stanton St Quintin and loved it (more so in the summer months).

“You will be missed so much by all who knew you, especially your loving mum Catherine, brother Tim, your children Luke and Kirsty, your three grandchildren and all the family.

“Forever in our hearts. #ridefree”

He died on the A350 when his Kawasaki motorbike travelling south collided with a Vauxhall Insignia car at the junction with Melksham Road at 10.20pm.

Police are continuing their investigation and have renewed their appeal for witnesses.

Worries about the road have been voiced by Lacock Parish Council who had already raised concerns with Chippenham MP Michelle Donelan before the latest crash.

Former parish councillor, Gary Steer said: “There have been numerous accidents on that stretch. The general feeling among many people is that it is a dangerous stretch of road.”

Wiltshire Council declined to comment on the road until an inquest is held.