A man has died while on his way to take part in a New Year's Day tractor rally near Helston.

A vintage tractor being driven by Colin Hosking overturned at Praze-An-Beeble on Monday, in an incident with a blue Volkswagen Transporter.

He is understood to have been on his way to a New Year tractor rally from Crowan to Stithians at the time.

Friends and family members have now spoken of their shock at learning of the death of the 34-year-old, who lived at Camborne and worked for surfacing and tarmacing company D A Giles, based on the outskirts of Helston.

Suzanne Pengilly from St Keverne, a family friend who had known Colin since he was a teenager, said: "He was a true Cornishman and would do anything for anyone he cared about, no questions asked. He had a heart of gold and said what he thought."

A large number of tributes have also been left on his Facebook page by grieving friends, with one writing: "Rest in peace Colin knowing that you went doing what you love."

Another wrote: "Your star will always shine brightest Colin. Rest now, sweet dreams and know that you will hold a special place in all our hearts."

One person spoke of his "cheeky ways" and described him as "one of a kind," adding: "I can’t believe you have gone, far too early and leaving a huge gap in so many lives. I will always cherish the memories I have of knowing you."

Police said they were called to a "serious collision" on an unclassified road between Blackrock and Crowan at around 9.30am on Monday.

A spokesperson added: "As a result of the incident, the driver of the tractor, 34-year-old man from Camborne, died at the scene of the collision. His next of kin have been informed.

"No one else was injured in the incident."

A crew from Tolvaddon Fire Station was also called, with firefighters helping release Mr Hosking who was trapped underneath his tractor.

Officers from the Roads Policing Team and Serious Collision Investigation Team are now appealing for witnesses to the incident to come forward by emailing 101@dc.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting log number 547 01/01/18.