THE "devastated" family of a York man who died in a crash with a tractor near Whitby have paid tribute to one of the "the most likeable men you could ever meet."

He has been named as John “Johnny” Redhead.

Johnny’s family have provided the following tribute to him: “Johnny was a much-loved husband, father, grandfather and a great friend to so many.

“He was one of the most kind, funny, caring and likeable men you could ever meet and he always had a smile on his face and lived life to the full.

“We are all absolutely devastated and his loss is going to leave a huge hole in all our lives.”

Police are continuing to appeal for anyone who witnessed or has dash-cam footage of the collision, which happened at around 5pm on Tuesday on Hawsker Lane near Whitby, to come forward.

North Yorkshire Police said that a black Yamaha motorcycle, which was travelling with two other motorcycles from the direction of Whitby Abbey towards the village of Hawsker, was involved in a collision with a blue tractor which was travelling in the same direction.

Following the collision and before the arrival of emergency services, one of the other motorcycles left the scene without stopping, the force added.

A force spokesperson said: "Sadly, the rider of the black motorcycle, a 54-year-old man from York was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the tractor, a 25-year-old man from the Whitby area, was uninjured.

"On Thursday August 22, a 27-year-old man from York was arrested in connection with the collision and a motorcycle was recovered. He has been released under investigation whilst inquiries continue."

Traffic constable Mark Patterson, of North Yorkshire Police’s Roads Policing Group, commented: “I would like to thank the members of the public who provided first aid to the casualty at the scene and those who have already responded to our appeal, however I am still keen to speak to anyone who saw the collision, or saw any of the vehicles beforehand, or has any dash-cam footage to get in touch.”

Anyone who witnessed the crash or the events surrounding it is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police by calling 101 or emailing or

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