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Kevin Thompson death: Liverpool biker 'warned' before crash

Kevin Thompson Image copyright Thompson family
Image caption Kevin Thompson celebrated his daughter's third birthday shortly before his death

A motorcyclist described as "caring and loyal" was killed in a crash just minutes after his father warned him to be careful.

Tributes are being paid to Kevin Thompson, 33, was died in a collision with a van in Townsend Avenue, Norris Green, Liverpool, on 12 June.

Mr Thompson had celebrated his daughter Ava's third birthday in the days before the accident.

His family described him as "fun-loving", "caring" and loyal".

His father Steve Thompson, who runs Breck Road Discounts in Everton, said: "Shopkeepers on Breck Road have said the road will never be the same. They say that he was the life and soul of Breck Road and the surrounding areas.

"The last words I said to Kevin before he left the shop on his motorbike were 'be careful'. Within five minutes, I'd received a phone call informing me of the incident."

'Extremely saddened'

In a joint statement, the family said: "Kevin idolised his daughter, spent every spare minute he had with her and enjoyed taking her to events in Liverpool and further afield.

"The faces of Kevin and Ava would light up when they saw each other and Kevin referred to Ava as 'his one and only princess'."

Brother Stephen, 34, said: "The death of my brother has left me extremely saddened and life will never be the same again. We enjoyed attending the home and away Liverpool matches together.

"There is now a massive hole in our lives."

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