Riding instructor Martin was a ‘perfect husband’

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Tributes have poured in for one of the city’s most popular motorcycle instructors.

Martin Nurton died after he was involved in an accident on Standing Way near Monkston on Friday night.

The 33-year-old from Rushden ran Horizon Rider Training and taught hundreds of people in Milton Keynes how to safely ride motorcycles – a job he said he was passionate about.

Posting on Horizon Rider Training’s Facebook profile, Martin’s wife Suzanne Simmons wrote: “Myself and the Horizon team are heartbroken to tell you that my beautiful and perfect husband Martin was taken from us on Friday evening.

“I know he meant an awful lot to a lot of people and I would like to thank everyone for their support.

“Horizon was Martin’s passion and we will continue to run it as he would have done.”

Many of the riders Martin had helped and taught over the years gave glowing tributes to the instructor.

Paul Slootweg wrote: “Martin was such a great guy – I have been inspired by him. His joy and passion for motorcycling was ever present as was his great smile. We will miss him.”

Former colleague Colin Brooks added: “Martin was the only one I trusted to teach my wife and daughter to ride and I worked a while as an instructor at Horizon with him. He was a lovely man and will be missed very much by all who had the good fortune to have known him.”

Thames Valley Police are currently investigating the incident, which happened at around 6.15pm on Friday September 7.

A green Kawasaki motorcycle was travelling with a black Suzuki motorcycle in the direction of Kingston in Milton Keynes when it left the road near to the junction of Leominster Gate.

PC Russell Irwin said: “I am appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time and may have witnessed the collision, or seen the vehicle prior to it happening, to come forward.

“I would also like to speak to the driver of a Jaguar that was on the H8 Standing Way and the driver of a grey coloured vehicle that had been travelling ahead of a white heavy goods vehicle just before the collision happened, as I believe they could have important information to help with our investigation.”

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact PC Irwin at Milton Keynes Roads Policing Joint Operations Unit on the non-emergency number 101.