TRIBUTES have been paid to the chief operating officer of WightFibre, who was killed in a car crash this week.

Simon Poole, 47, was hit by a car in Southampton on Monday.

WightFibre chief executive John Irvine said: "It is with much sadness we report Simon Poole, our popular and much loved chief operating officer, was killed in a road traffic incident on Monday night.

"This truly tragic event has shocked us all. Simon was a truly devoted family man. Our thoughts are first and foremost with Simon’s wife and young family at this very difficult time.

"Simon will be sorely missed by his family, his colleagues here at WightFibre, our customers, suppliers and business partners across the Island.

"Simon joined WightFibre in January 2017 and was a key member of WightFibre’s management team leading our award winning, sales, service and field engineering teams.

"Among Simon’s many achievements at WightFibre was the recruitment of more than 30 new employees, many of whom he personally coached and mentored. It is for this personal and caring touch that Simon will be remembered most and why he will be so sadly missed by so many.”

Simon joined the Royal Navy straight from school and served in the Falkland Islands and the Middle East.

He celebrated his 21st wedding anniversary this year with his wife, Louise. He lived with Louise and their three children, aged six, 15 and 18, in the New Forest.