TRIBUTES have been paid to a nine-year-old boy who died in a car crash in North Dorset.

Emergency services were called to the crash on A354 Salisbury Road at East Woodyates on Monday evening.

It involved a Citroen DS9, a Ford Transit and a DAF cattle transporter truck and trailer.

The nine-year-old passenger of the Citroen died at the scene.

He has now been named by his family as Zac Roe from Andover in Hampshire.

Paying tribute, Zac’s father Josh Roe said: “Words cannot describe the pain I’m feeling, my heart is broken. You are my little angel. I love you more than anything in this world, you are my best buddy.”

Zac’s grandfather Chris Roe added: “Zac, there are just no words to find. I just want to thank you for the wonderful and fun filled memories we shared on your short journey of your life.

“You were taken too soon, but memories will last us a lifetime. We will never stop loving you. Your smile and laughter still echoes around my and everyone’s heart. Sweet dreams our little angel.”

The driver of the Citroen – a woman aged in her 30s from Hampshire – was arrested on suspicion of murder following the crash.

She has now been released without charge for that offence.

She was also arrested on suspicion of a driving offence and has been released on police bail while enquiries continue.

Detective chief inspector Neil Third, of the Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “Our thoughts continue to remain with all those affected by the sad death of Zac Roe.

“An investigation is ongoing with detailed enquiries being carried out to establish the full circumstances of what happened.”