MP pays tribute to 'loving' father killed by tree during Storm Eunice

Tributes have been paid to a 'much-loved' and 'precious' father-of-one who died after a truck hit a fallen tree in Alton.

Jack Bristow, 23, from Sutton Courtenay, was one of four people killed on Friday (February 18) as Storm Eunice ripped through the UK.

He was a passenger in a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter pick-up which was crushed by a 40-foot tree on Old Odiham Road.

Emergency crews rushed to the scene but Mr Bristow was pronounced dead just before midday. The driver of the truck remains in hospital with serious injuries. The MP for Wantage, David Johnston, paid tribute to him in Parliament.

In the Commons David Johnson said: "He'd been using his truck to help with the aftermath of the storm down in Hampshire, when a tree fell on it.

"He was only 23 years old and had a one-year-old son. Will my right honourable friend join me in paying tribute to Jack, and in giving our condolences to his mother, his partner, and all those who knew and loved him?"

A fundraising page set up for Jack's family has already raised more than £2,100.

His friend Bradley Hall paid tribute to him, saying: "Breaks my heart writing this but due to the recent storm we sadly lost a very good lad, Jack was loved by everyone who's met him and was always down for a chat.

"He was a proud father and a loving parter to his girlfriend.

"He was his mum's precious lad and will never be forgotten about. We love you Jack rest easy my mate."

Old Odiham Road was closed for several hours as the tree was removed

Jack's partner wrote on social media: “Please God bring my love back to me. I love you Jack. It’s all still so very raw.”

Tributes were left in the tree that fell onto the vehicle. Credit: BPM Media

The tributes were left on the fallen tree that struck the vehicle Jack was travelling in and included notes, flowers and letters to Jack.