A DEVOTED father and loving husband was killed when his motorbike collided with a combine harvester on the A56, an inquest heard.

At around 10.15am on August 2 last year John Pollitt, of Parkland Drive, Elton, was driving from Chester towards Helsby on his blue Suzuki bike.

Witnesses described the horrific moment when the father-of-three braked to avoid an oncoming combine harvester, near the junction with the M53 roundabout, but glanced the front tyre and was sent skidding across the road.

The inquest heard how the combine harvester, which was travelling from Dunham Hall Farm, in Dunham-on-the-Hill towards Whitchurch, had strayed into the opposite lane because it was too wide for the road.

The 45-year-old, described by family as a loving husband to Helen and a devoted father to Ben, Grace and Alexandra, was rushed to the Countess of Chester Hospital where he later died from severe head and spine injuries.

Mr Pollitt, an instrument electrical technician for Growhow in Ince, was an experienced biker who enjoyed working part-time as a marshal at Oulton park, an avid Manchester United fan and a keen golfer.

The driver of the combine harvester, farm worker Jonathan Bradbury, of Blackmore Grove, Whitchurch described how he had braked when he saw the bike, which just appeared around the corner.

Yesterday (Tuesday) the Coroner of Cheshire Mr Nicholas Rheinberg recorded a verdict of misadventure, caused by a road traffic collision.