A minute's silence was held this afternoon at 1.45pm by officers right across North Yorkshire Police to coincide with the funeral of PC Andrew Bramma. Prayers were also said at Harrogate Police station where the 32 year old was based as well as at the force headquarters at Newby Wiske.
Andrew was a fine young officer who had a long career ahead of him in North Yorkshire Police having already served in Greater Manchester Police. His colleagues speak of him in very high regard, he was already part of the team in Harrogate and he had all the attributes and skills we need in a young officer. He was conscientious, he was there to protect the public, there to serve the community, we are just so sorry that we have lost a colleague in these circumstances. Andrew's family are clearly devastated by what has happened and our thoughts are with them, particularly today.
PC Bramma leaves behind his wife Kathryn and their two young sons, Jack, aged three and Sam who is 11 months old. North Yorkshire Police Federation has set up a fund to help Jack and Sam as they grow up after receiving many offers of support from around the country.
It's clear that Andrew was a very highly respected officer, I've spoken to his colleagues at Harrogate and his former colleagues at Greater Manchester Police and he was known as a thoroughly professional individual who would always follow an investigation through right until the end. I think the great tragedy today is that we are remembering him as a police officer but first and foremost he was a very loving husband, a much loved father, a much loved son and a much loved brother. Our thoughts are very much today with the people that are left behind"