TRIBUTES have been paid to a "bright, cheerful, and passionate" Alexandria teacher who died in a tragic accident on Sunday.

Chris Moses, 37, from Cardross, is understood to have been working as a tree surgeon at a property in Rhu, near Helensburgh, when the tragedy happened.

Police and ambulance crews were called to Artarman Road on Sunday, January 12.

Police Scotland said the death was not being treated as suspicious.

Mr Moses was a professional tree surgeon and ran his own business, working across Dunbartonshire and the west of Scotland.

He served in the Royal Marines for 13 years before leaving the armed services in 2018.

Chris subsequently retrained as a maths teacher, and had worked at the Vale of Leven Academy in Alexandria since early 2019.

Matthew Boyle, head teacher at Vale of Leven Academy, said: “We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Chris and everyone in the school is finding this difficult to comprehend.

"The thoughts of our whole school community are with Chris’ family and friends at this devastating time. Chris had been working at the academy for almost a year, initially as a student and then as a probationer.

"He was bright, cheerful, and passionate about his new career in teaching, and his chosen subject, maths.

"He was a lovely man and will be missed both by colleagues and the pupils he worked with across the school.

"We’ve held assemblies in school for each year group today to pass on the sad news and our pastoral care team is on hand for any young person who needs support, and we’re also working closely with staff to support them.”

Chris was also the president of Helensburgh Amateur Athletics Club, and was a race director of the Babcock Helensburgh 10K.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: "We received a report of a sudden death at Artarman Road, Rhu, around 3.35pm on Sunday, January 12.

"A 37-year-old man has died and his death is being treated as non-suspicious.

"A report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal."