PC killed in accident named

Temp Chief Constable Tim Madgwick and Mike Stubbs from the North Yorkshire Police Federation lay flowers outside Harrogate Police Station
Temp Chief Constable Tim Madgwick and Mike Stubbs from the North Yorkshire Police Federation lay flowers outside Harrogate Police Station Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A police officer who died after his car crashed into a tree as he responded to an emergency call has been named.

Pc Andrew Bramma, 32, was killed in the accident in the village of West Tanfield, near Ripon, at 7pm yesterday, North Yorkshire Police said.

He had transferred from Greater Manchester Police to North Yorkshire about four months ago.

The married father-of-two, who was the only person in the car, was on his way to reports of a road accident when the crash happened. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The road was closed for several hours today as collision investigators examined the scene.

The Health and Safety Executive has also been informed and an investigation will be carried out into the cause of the crash, police said.

Temporary Chief Constable Tim Madgwick paid tribute to Pc Bramma, who has two young sons, earlier today and said the officer's family would be offered support from the force.

This is terrible and tragic news and the thoughts of everyone at North Yorkshire Police are with the officer's family at this sad and very difficult time. 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.

– Temporary Chief Constable Tim Madgwick, North Yorkshire Police

At a press conference Temporary Chief Constable Madgwick said he could not have asked for anything more from Pc Bramma as a young officer.

Police say they don't believe anyone else had been involved in the accident. A full and comprehensive investigation will now take place.

Anyone who was in the area at the time and saw the vehicle or witnessed the collision is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police.