Tributes have been paid to Keith 'Flash' Ashburn, who has been named as the motorcyclist killed in a crash at the Dartford Crossing on Monday.

A white KTM 390 motorcycle was involved in a collision with a white lorry in the east tunnel of the crossing at around 9:15am on October 4.

A man in his 30s, the motorcyclist, was pronounced deceased at the scene, and Kent Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit are investigating the circumstances of the crash.

The victim has now been named as Keith Ashburn, a former Swanley Rugby Club player, and the news has sparked an outpouring of tributes for the man.

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The rugby club said it was with "great sadness" that they heard the passing of their their former player.

"Our thoughts are with his family, friends and anyone who were luckily enough to have known him.

"He played for Swanley RFC in the first two seasons of the club and played a big part in helping the team achieve back to back promotions.

"He was a big character on and off the pitch. RIP Flash."

People responded in the comments, calling him a "great guy and an honour to play with" and "a decent, genuine bloke."

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Ex-teammates, opponents and old schoolmates posted their tributes and surprise at the sudden loss.

Commenting on the rugby club's page, one friend said: "'Flash' was a ferocious defender, equally devastating in attack and an all round good bloke off the field. He will be sorely missed. RIP Royal."

Another said: "RIP Keith .. you made me feel so welcome when I started a new school .. truly one of the nicest guys."

Keith's father, Derek Ashburn, also made an emotional statement on Facebook, posting: "I lost my best friend, my life and my son today. A father could never be prouder than I am. Wow it hurts your gone."

Anyone with information or dashcam footage related to the crash that could be useful to police are asked to call 01622 798538 quoting reference HW/MW/109/21.