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William Paton named as Alford fatal crash van driver

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Image caption William Paton, pictured with his wife Elizabeth (centre) and daughter Lisa

A man who died after the van he was driving crashed on a road in Aberdeenshire has been named.

William Paton, 54, from Westhill, was driving a silver Citroen Berlingo van at the time. No other vehicle was involved.

The crash happened on a road between Keig and Montgarrie near Alford at 14:30 on Thursday.

The 54-year-old's family said Mr Paton was a "renowned practical joker" who was "adored by everyone".

They added: "He will be sorely missed by all who knew him, including his wee dog Millie.

"Billy was born and brought up near Montrose.

"He moved to Aberdeen in 1984 and began his own painter/decorator business in 1986.

"He has been self-employed for the past 28 years and gained all his work through word-of-mouth."

Mr Paton is survived by Elizabeth, his wife of 35 years, his daughter Lisa, 32, who is due to get married later this year, and his son Nicol, 30.

Officers have appealed for witnesses and said they were keen to speak to a delivery driver who alerted nearby residents to the accident.

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