Tributes have continued to flood in for a town councillor shot dead near Andover last week.

James Nash, 42, from Upper Enham, sustained serious head injuries following the broad daylight shooting outside his home on August 5. The shooter, Alex Sartain, died during a police chase shortly after fleeing the scene.

James died in hospital in the early hours of Saturday, August 8.

A message from Enham Alamein Parish Council, for which James was a councillor, said they were shocked and saddened by his passing.

"James cared passionately about his community and was instrumental in many local projects," the message read.

"He was a highly respected individual and parish councillor and his contributions are a testament to his memory.

"His untimely passing has left a significant void in the village life of this close-knit community.

"The Parish Council extends its deepest sympathies and condolences to his wife, Sarah and his family at this most difficult time and offers its unwavering support to them and families that are affected by these events.

"The Parish Council extends its thanks to Hampshire police. The Parish Council would ask that the privacy of the family is respected at this sad time."

A murder investigation has now been launched by the police, and anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, quoting Op Plaque.

Yinnon Ezra is the chair of the Test Valley Arts Foundation.

James worked with the foundation on many occasions and was described by Yinnon as a talented artist and writer.

"He was charming, soft spoken and completely genuine," Yinnon said.

"He captivated the audiences he worked with and young people adored him.

"His passion was wild life, the natural world and the community of the Test Valley which came through in almost everything he did.

"He was a vital part of our 25th anniversary celebrations where he went to numerous venues around the Test Valley, unpacked his materials and in a corner got to work. Slowly those who passed him were drawn into his magic! His beautiful owl sticks in my memory.

"James is a huge loss to the Test Valley, but his quiet charm and inspirational work will remain in our hearts. Thank you James for everything. Our thoughts and sincere condolences go to his family."