The wife of a construction worker who fell to his death said he had a “heart of gold”.

Amarpreet Bhatti, a father of two, died at the Oxford North development site off the A40 near Wolvercote on December 4.

Mr Bhatti was from Bilston, a town in Wolverhampton in the West Midlands. 

Thames Valley Police has now released a tribute on behalf of the 47-year-old’s wife, Mandeep.

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The statement said: “My husband, Amarpreet, was a loving, caring man and a devoted dad to our two wonderful children, aged 16 and 18.

“He had a heart of gold, was always smiling and going out of his way to help others. He was a dedicated man who touched so many people’s lives.

“For him to be taken from us like this is so hard to accept. My whole world was around him, I don’t know what I’m going to do without him. It wasn’t time for him to go.

Cotswold Journal: Amarpreet Bhatti, a father of two, died at the Oxford North development site“He was a true friend to everyone he knew, such a pure soul he had. We are going to miss him dearly.

“I know you are still around, as I can feel your presence. Love you loads, your wife, Mandeep, and two children.”

Ambulance crews were unable to save Mr Bhatti from the serious injuries he accrued as a result of the fall after they were called to the scene of the Oxford North development site at 10.15am.

Oxford North is a major development on land near the A34, A40 and A44 whose developers set out with the aim to "replicate Silicon Valley".

A spokeswoman for Oxford North Ventures said at the time: “We are deeply saddened to hear the tragic news that a member of the construction team lost their life on-site yesterday morning.

"Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.”

Mr Bhatti worked for construction company Laing O’Rourke.

The company said it was "shocked and upset" by the fatality and work was suspended on the project in early December. 

Cotswold Journal: The Oxford North development siteThe Oxford North development site (Image: Oxford Mail)A spokesman for Laing O'Rourke said the company had been cooperating with investigations being carried out by Thames Valley Police and the health and safety executive. 

Tributes have also been paid by the public following the tribute from Mr Bhatti's wife. 

Matt Davis said: "Really bad news in this day and age. My thoughts are with you and your family."

Annie O'Sullivan added: "He sounds like beautiful human, a great loss to your family and the world. Commiserations."

Another tribute from Maureen Surman said: "Sorry for your loss. I know how you feel as I lost my husband at 48."

Clare Strange, also leaving a tribute, said: "So sorry for your loss."