THE family of a young Long Preston man who died in a crash in South Craven have paid tribute to their son.

Andrew Christopher Flannagan, 20, of Long Preston, died at around 3pm on Saturday, July 19, on the A629 between Kildwick and Cononley when his light blue Alfa Romeo 147, travelling towards Skipton, collided with a silver Peugeot 407 heading in the opposite direction.

The four occupants of the Peugeot, from Preston, all sustained injuries in the collision.

An inquest into Andrew's death is due to be opened and adjourned in the next few days.

His mum, Angela George, said: “Andrew was well loved by all his family and friends and will be dearly missed by all who knew him and whose hearts he touched.

“He was a kind and considerate young man, of whom we are very proud.

“We would like to thank all of the people, both young and old, who have offered such kind thoughts about Andrew, and those who have given us so much support, in particular his special friend Connor and girlfriend Cassy and the congregations at Skipton and Settle Jehovah's Witnesses.”

Andrew’s dad, Derek Flannagan, said: “I am very proud of Andrew. He was a fine young man who will also be greatly missed by his brothers Mark and Craig.”

Police are still appealing for witnesses and have posted signs on the bends near the crash and also at Cononley Lane Ends junction, which has consistently ranked among the worst accident blackspots in Craven.

Several witnesses have come forward who were travelling behind the Peugeot, but police investigators also want to speak to anyone who saw the movements of the light blue Alfa Romeo.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Traffic Constable Ken Riley in the Skipton Roads Policing Group on 101 or email, quoting reference 12140120030.