A HEARTBROKEN family has a paid a beautiful tribute to a much loved son who they described as a "true gentleman in every sense".

Paul Rostron died at the age of just 34-years-old following a crash last Tuesday on Smithills Dean Road.

Police were called to the area at 6pm after a black car had crashed into a tree before colliding with a stationary white van.

His family today issued a emotional tribute to him through the police.

They said: “To say we are devastated as a family is an understatement.

“Our Paul was a much loved son, brother, uncle, cousin and friend to many. A true gentleman in every sense of the word, he had a heart filled with kindness and was the epitome of old school etiquette and chivalry.

“Paul, we will miss you beyond words.

“We would like to thank everyone for their support during this most difficult of times. Our family will now take the time we need to grieve in private.”

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Floral tributes have been placed at the site of the crash, which was close to Smithills School, with one bouquet being placed by the school.

Mr Rostron worked as a train driver for TransPennine Express.

Following the tragedy, his colleagues paid tribute to him.

A spokeswoman said: “We are shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Paul, who was a much respected member of team.

“Our thoughts are with his family at this time.”

Police are still investigating the crash and anyone with information should contact GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4741 quoting incident number 2071 of 24/11/2020. Reports can also be made anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.