TRIBUTES have been paid to a Ceredigion county councillor who died after a crash involving two cars and the cycle he was riding.

Paul James, died after the collision on the A487 between Waun Fawr and Bow Street, near Aberystwyth, yesterday (Thursday, April 11).

Cllr James, who represented the Llanbadarn Fawr ward, had been training for a charity bike ride to raise funds for hospitals where he had been treated for a heart condition.

Cllr Ellen ap Gwynn, leader of Ceredigion County Council, said: “This tragic news about our close friend and colleague, Cllr Paul James, has come as a great shock to us all.

“Paul represented the Llanbadarn Fawr Sulien ward for many years and was a clear and firm voice on behalf of his residents. Paul was born and bred in Aberystwyth and was a well-known character with a big heart. We are all extremely saddened by this awful news.

“Paul took on a full role in the life of his local community, not only as a county councillor but also as a community councillor in Llanbadarn Fawr and as a governor in local schools. He represented the county council on the Mid and West Wales Fire Authority.

“Paul worked at Aberystwyth University as a security officer and had served as a paratrooper in the British Army and in the French Foreign Legion.

“Paul is survived by his wife Jane, his four children and his mother, Vanod. We extend our sincere sympathy to them at this extremely difficult time.

“The council's flags are flying at half-mast in memory of a much respected son and loyal servant of this county.”

Ceredigion AM and presiding officer Elin Jones described it as "heartbreaking news to hear of the loss of my great friend".

Posting on Facebook, she said: "Such a loss to so many people and causes, but especially his family. There is only one way to describe Paul James: Larger than life."

The incident happened at 5.35pm yesterday (April 11). Police say Mr James died at the scene and are appealing for witnesses.