THE family of a "beloved" father-of-three who died in a motorbike crash in Blackrod have paid tribute to him.

William Munsie, from Farnworth, died when his blue Suzuki collided with a white Ford Focus on the A6 Blackrod Bypass during the morning rush hour on Friday.

In a statement, his family described the 40-year-old as a dedicated, loving husband and father.

They said: "On Friday, July 20, our beloved William tragically lost his life in a motorcycle collision.

"Will was a dedicated and loving husband to wife Lisa and his three children, who have all been left devastated.

"Will’s bubbly, fun-loving character was contagious to everyone he met. He had a heart of gold and his selflessness meant nothing was too much trouble and he would often put everything on hold to help others.

"He worked in IT so he was always on hand to solve everyone’s computing problems. Will had many passions in life, especially spending time with his family and friends, daily CrossFit sessions and after years of supporting his son and daughter’s ballroom and Latin achievements, he also took up dancing.

"At competitions his fun-loving nature and personality shone through. He was loved and respected by the whole dancing community.

"We would like to take this opportunity to thank the emergency services and passers-by who helped Will in his time of need, and the family liaison team who have provide support since.

"Will’s life was taken too young and his loss leaves a huge hole in everyone’s lives he touched.

"Lisa and the children would like to say a huge thank you for all the messages of condolence and now welcome some much needed privacy to grieve as a family."

Following the collision, the driver of the Ford Focus, a man aged 32, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

He has been released under investigation.

Police continue to appeal for information following the collision.

Anyone with information or dashcam footage should contact GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 8564745 quoting reference number 532 of July 20, 2018.

Alternatively, call the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.