Mother and girlfriend pay tribute to Anthony Roberts, 23, who always adored motorbikes and ‘lived life to the max’.

Tributes have been paid to a young motorcyclist from Witheridge who was killed in a collision at Tiverton.

Anthony Roberts, 23, was riding a Honda motorcycle on Monday (July 27) when he was involved in a collision with a fuel tanker on the A38 near Burlescombe at around 8.30am.

In a tribute, Anthony's mother Andrea Roberts said the motorbike fan always 'loved life and lived it to the max'.

She said: "He has always been into motorbikes from a very early age and loved to ride his bike at every opportunity.

"Anthony was well known and loved by all who knew him, his big brother Jason and sister Roxie are going to miss him so much.

"It's been overwhelming to see all the tributes on the social media sites and I'd like to thank everyone for their kind words and support at this very hard time.

"We will miss him so much. R.I.P my beautiful son, sleep tight with the angels until I see you again."

Anthony's girlfriend Rebecca Hurley added that he was her 'soul mate, best friend and her rock'.

She said: "The kindest, most caring guy a girl could wish for, we adored each other.

"I can't believe he has been taken so young but he must have been special to be wanted up there.

"R.I.P my beautiful boy, I will never forget you and I cannot wait to hold you again. Sleep tight my angel, watch over me. I love you"

The road remained closed all day while force serious collisions investigation unit conducted an enquiry into the circumstances of the collision.

Police are keen for witnesses to the incident to get in touch, or anyone who may have seen any of the vehicles travelling on the road prior to the collision.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or email 101@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk quoting log number 121 of 27 July 2015.