THE family of a man who died after a crash near Codford say he was an “adoring, kind and generous” father and grandfather who “touched so many lives”.

Nicholas Butler, aged 54, of Frome, was driving a Saab 9-3, when, for reasons currently unknown, he crashed with a Skoda Octavia on the A36 at about 4.45pm on Thursday, January 31.

A tribute from his partner Hannah Dewings said: “He will always be my wonderful loving partner, adoring and proud father and grandfather, amazing and thoughtful son and brother, and kind generous friend.

“Nick enhanced all our lives and was deeply loved by us all.”

She said: “We are all understandably devastated by our loss and respectfully ask for privacy at this time.

“We would like to thank Nick’s friends and loved ones for their support at this very difficult time.

“Nick touched so many lives and was loved by so many.

"He will be deeply missed by us all. Forever in our hearts.”

Police say for reasons currently unknown, the vehicles were involved in a head-on collision.

The 54-year-old was taken to Southampton Hospital but died several hours later.

The female driver of the Skoda, a 40-year-old from Salisbury, was also taken to hospital with serious injuries.

The A36 was closed for seven hours while officers conducted a collision investigation.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have information about the crash, as well as anyone who may have dash-cam footage to get in touch by calling 101 and quoting log number 206 of January 31.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.