THE family of a man who died whilst working on a military vehicle in Catterick have paid tribute to a 'selfless and loving person'.

Alistair Ferguson, 58, from Richmond, was carrying out maintenance on a vehicle at Piave Lines Barracks, Catterick Garrison at around 9.50am on January 18 when he became trapped.

He was given CPR but sadly died at the scene.

Mr Ferguson's family have issued the following tribute: "Alistair Ferguson was a selfless and loving husband, father, grandfather and friend.

"He greeted everything in life with a smile on his face and a positive attitude.

"Alistair was very committed, dedicated and took great pride in his work whilst employed at DSG/Babcock.

"During this time he volunteered to be deployed on two tours to Afghanistan and he was truly honoured to serve his country.

"Words cannot describe the shock and grief we are feeling.

"This tragic death should not have happened and we hope that no family ever has to go through this again.

"We thank everyone for their kind words and ask that you kindly give us the privacy to grieve in peace."

An investigation into this incident is ongoing, led by North Yorkshire Police at this stage and working with the Health and Safety Executive.