TRIBUTES have been paid to an Abergavenny man who was one of two people to die in a light aircraft crash in Monmouthshire.

Martin Bishop, 61, and 68-year-old Roderick Weaver, of Cardiff, were found dead at the scene of the crash in the Tregare area of Raglan on Sunday June 10.

A tribute provided by Mr Bishop’s family reads: “Martin was a loving son, brother, husband and uncle who was well-loved by this family and friends.

“He was an active member of adventure sports, he loved his job as the national manager for Wales at Confor (Confederation of Forest Industries) and he was an active member of the community.

“Martin died doing something he loved and will be sorely missed by all.”

Mr Weaver’s family said: “Roderick Weaver, beloved husband of Maureen, loving father to Sarah and Thomas, and Grandpa to Owen, Lowri and Frankie, missed by older sister Gay and many more. Died doing what he loved.”

Both families are being supported by specialist officers from Gwent Police.

Support also came from Simon Thomas, the Plaid Cymru AM for Mid and West Wales, with whom Mr Bishop had worked.

Mr Bishop had provided support for the National Assembly's cross party group on woodlands, forestry and timber in his role at Confor.

Mr Thomas, who chairs the cross party group, said: “I’m very shocked and saddened to hear this news. My condolences to both families.

“I have worked with Martin over several years, most recently to establish a cross-party group on forestry in the Assembly.

“He was enthusiastic about Wales and our environment.”

The police say they were called out to the area after receiving reports that an aircraft had descended down into a field on Bryngwyn Road.

Enquiries are ongoing to establish the cause of the collision, with the police receiving support from the Department for Transport’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB).

AAIB inspectors had been sent to the scene on the day of the collision.

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting log 199 11/06/2018.