The devastated family of a young farmer who was killed in an agricultural accident have paid tribute to him.

Matthew Drummond, 28, suffered serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene following the incident in Greater Manchester.

Matthew Drummond

Matthew Drummond

Police and paramedics were called to farmland off Heywood Old Road, Middleton, shortly before 2.30pm on Friday 8 April.

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A 67-year-old man was also injured during the incident. He was taken to hospital for treatment and has since been discharged.

A joint investigation between Greater Manchester Police and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is ongoing to establish the exact circumstances surrounding the death.

In a statement, the family of Mr Drummond said: “Matthew’s death has left us all devastated. Matthew was a hardworking man who loved to work outdoors.

“Matthew was always happy to be working with machines and we take some comfort from the fact that he died doing what he loved.

“Matthew was a loving dad to his children and a fantastic husband, son and brother.

“Matthew refused to grow up, he was always the joker and he loved life. We will all miss him forever.

“The family would like to thank everyone for their kind words and support and would now like some time to grieve privately and remember Matthew.”