Family of Totnes biker Hadley Bishop speak of 'devastating loss'
TRIBUTES have been paid to a teenage biker who died after a crash in South Devon.
Ninetenn-year-old Hadley Bishop from Totnes died after the crash near Kingsbridge at 2.40pm on Sunday.
Police were called to the crash on the A379 between Stokenham and Torcross after Hadley's black Triumph Speed 4 collided with a silver Mitsubishi Colt, being driven by a 24-year-old man from the Kingsbridge area.
Hadley was pronounced dead at the scene and an investigation is being undertaken by the serious collisions investigation unit.
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A tribute from the family of Hadley Bishops, released today by police, said: "Hadley was one of three boys, a twin to William and younger brother of Joe.
"A kind, caring and loving son to Jeremy and Jane, he was mischievous and funny, so full of life he always had a big beaming smile and loved to make those around him laugh or smile.
"Full of youthful exuberance, he was an absolute character. Mention the word ‘Hadley’ locally, no-one had to ask for a second name.
"Only a week ago, he and William were celebrating their 19th birthday with mates on a trip to London. They were inseparable and best friends.
"From a long established South Hams family, educated at East Allington Primary and Kingsbridge Secondary schools, Hadley was a true South Hams boy. He loved the area in which he grew up and could never see himself anywhere else.
"He has worked all summer for Salcombe Dairy Ice Cream where he loved the work and was loved by his colleagues.
"Unlike many his age, waking at 5am to go to work was no problem because he loved being there. He was really looking forward to a permanent contract in the Spring.
"This tragic loss has had a devastating impact on this extremely close-knit local family and the many friends in the community.
"The family would like to thank all those who have already been in contact but would appreciate some privacy during this very difficult time.
"At the moment, funeral arrangements have not been finalised but there will be further announcements when details are available."
If anyone witnessed the collision or saw a car or motorcycle in the vicinity of this incident shortly before the collision occurred please contact collision investigators on 101 and quote log 454 181112.