South Yorkshire Police motorcycle officer dies in crash

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Scene of crash in Nether Lane, Ecclesfield
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Nether Lane in Ecclesfield was sealed off while police investigated the collision

A police motorcyclist has died in a crash while on duty.

The officer's marked bike was in collision with a blue Toyota Avensis on Nether Lane in Ecclesfield, Sheffield, at about 13:00 BST on Tuesday.

The 40-year-old officer, who had been responding to reports of a silver BMW failing to stop, was pronounced dead at the scene, South Yorkshire Police said.

The driver of the Toyota, a 59-year-old man, was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Reacting to the news on Twitter, Home Secretary Priti Patel posted: "The saddest news. Deeply tragic and my thoughts are with the family of this distinguished officer."

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Other police forces also paid tribute to the officer.

In a tweet, Cheshire Police said: "All of our thoughts are with the officer's family, friends and colleagues at South Yorkshire Police at this time."

The Metropolitan Police Federation tweeted: "Very sad news as South Yorkshire Police tonight confirm the on-duty death of an officer. Our thoughts are with the officer's family, friends and colleagues."

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Police have appealed for witnesses, or anyone who has information about the crash, to contact 101.

Dashcam or CCTV footage that might assist can be sent to enquiries@southyorks.pnn.police.uk.

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