TRIBUTES have been paid to a "much-loved grandfather" who died following a car crash.

Malcolm Reynolds has been described as gentle, kind and a wonderful father.

The 82-year-old of Allenwater Drive, Fordingbridge died following a crash on the A338 Salisbury Road on June 19.

He had been driving his white Toyota Aygo between Breamore and Downton when he collided with a red Vauxhall Astra at around 2.20pm.

Malcolm was rushed to hospital but was sadly pronounced dead a short while later.

His family have now come forward to pay their tributes.

A joint statement published today says: “Beloved brother to Keith, Dennis, Norman and Sue. Husband of the late Christine, and father to Hannah and James.

“He also leaves behind three cherished grandchildren, and his companion Barbara.

“Malcolm was a wonderful father and a much-loved grandfather.

“He took great pleasure in the company of his friends and family, and although on the surface a quiet and unassuming man he had a great love of storytelling and an, often unexpectedly, quick wit.

“His gentleness and kindness were appreciated by all who knew him.

“He led an active life with a wide circle of friends stretching from his school days, to former work colleagues and most recently his yoga club in Fordingbridge, he was also a member of Kinson Conservative Club.

“A great lover of life Malcolm was taken far too soon, we are devastated by this sudden loss. He will be sorely missed by many, especially his children and grandchildren.”

Officers investigating the collision are appealing for information, or dashcam footage, to help with their investigation.

Anyone with any information is urged to call police on 101 and quote Operation Client, or 44200222443.