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North Yorkshire Police officer killed in road crash

A police officer has died in a road crash while he was on an emergency call in North Yorkshire.

PC Andrew Bramma, 32, was killed when his patrol van struck a tree in the village of West Tanfield, near Ripon, on Saturday.

Image caption PC Bramma died at the scene

North Yorkshire Police said the crash took place at 19:00 GMT. PC Bramma was pronounced dead at the scene.

He was a "committed and enthusiastic" officer, said temporary Chief Constable Tim Madgwick.

'Shocked and saddened'

PC Bramma, who was based in Harrogate, had only worked for the North Yorkshire force for four months after transferring from Greater Manchester Police where he had served since 2008.

He leaves behind a wife and two young sons, police have confirmed.

Mr Madgwick said that his family was being given support by specially trained officers.

"The thoughts of everyone at North Yorkshire Police are with [them] at this sad and very difficult time," he said.

"Everyone is shocked and saddened by the news of his death and I speak for every member of the force in extending our heartfelt sympathies to his family, friends and colleagues," Mr Madgwick said.

PC Bramma was on his way to reports of a road accident when the crash happened. He was the only occupant in the vehicle.

The road was closed for several hours as collision investigators examined the scene and the Health and Safety Executive has been informed.

'Truly sad day'

A floral tribute has been left at the scene of the crash by fellow officers, with a brief note offering "deepest sympathies" to PC Bramma's family at their "sad loss".

Mike Stubbs, of North Yorkshire Police Federation, said the force was "mourning a member of our police family".

"Andrew had quickly established himself as a well-liked and respected officer amongst his colleagues in North Yorkshire who are distraught at his death," he said.

Peter Walker, former Deputy Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police, said his thoughts went out to the officer, his family and his colleagues across the force.

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Media captionTemporary chief constable Tim Madgwick described it as "one of my saddest days in North Yorkshire Police over 25 years"

"This is is a truly sad day where somebody dies because they are going to the protection of their fellow citizens," he said.

Julian Smith, Conservative MP for Skipton and Ripon, said PC Bramma's death was "tragic news".

An online condolence book has been opened for people wishing to share their memories of PC Bramma.

All flags at police stations in North Yorkshire are being flown at half-mast as a mark of respect.

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