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PC Andrew Bramma death: Hundreds sign condolence book

Hundreds of people have signed an online book of condolence for a police officer who died in a road crash during 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.

The force said more than 500 people had already posted their condolences.

One person said PC Bramma, who lived in West Yorkshire, had paid the "ultimate sacrifice".

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

Image caption PC Andrew Bramma had a wife and two young sons

'True gentleman'

Temporary Chief Constable Tim Madgwick said: "The outpouring of support at this very difficult time has been overwhelming and demonstrates that people genuinely care about their police.

"We are doing everything we can to look after Andrew's family as they come to terms with their tragic loss. But I am sure that they will be comforted by the hundreds of kind messages of condolence."

In one comment, a Sgt Bradshaw said he was PC Bramma's first custody sergeant and "it was a pleasure to know you as a fine officer and a true gentleman".

Rob Hudson posted the view: "This fine officer lost his life whilst responding to help others, the ultimate sacrifice."

Pat, from a New Zealand police force, posted: "Its a loss to us all wherever we work in our Police Family, RIP"

Terry Whittaker, from Kentucky Police, said: "From the USA, I offer my deepest condolences to the family, friends and fellow officers of PC Bramma."

Image caption The wreath was placed at the National Police Memorial on the Mall in London

Mall tribute

A wreath has also been laid at the National Police Memorial in London in memory of PC Bramma by John Tully, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, who placed the tribute at the site on the Mall.

North Yorkshire's newly-elected Police and Crime Commissioner, Julia Mulligan, said: "It's a very, very tragic circumstance and my heart goes out to the family of PC Bramma, his colleagues and friends."

Yvette Cooper, shadow home secretary and Labour MP for Castleford and Pontefract, said: "It is tragic to lose an officer who was obviously so well respected. An officer who was taking risks to help others as police officers do every week.

"It is something we should never, never take for granted."

PC Bramma, who was based in Harrogate, transferred to the North Yorkshire force four months ago from Greater Manchester Police where he had served since 2008.

He leaves behind a wife and two young sons.

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

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