Hundreds of mourners have gathered in Pudsey in West Yorkshire for the funeral of a police officer who died earlier this month when his car crashed into a tree near Ripon while answering a 999 call. PC Andrew Bramma's widow Kathryn was at the service in the town in which he spent his childhood.
Joining family and friends at the town's Parish Church were colleagues from North Yorkshire Police as well as officers from Greater Manchester where the 32 year old had worked for four years before transferring back across the Pennines.
Tributes at the service were led by the officer's father and a colleague from his time with the Greater Manchester force.
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.
– Temporary Chief Constable Tim Madgwick
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.
– Sergeant Mike Stubbs, North Yorkshire Police Federation
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"
The Temporary Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police has led the tributes to a police officer who was killed in a car crash while answering a 999 call. Speaking at PC Andrew Bramma's funeral Tim Madgwick has described the 32 year old as just the sort of recruit they were looking for.
The funeral of a North Yorkshire police officer who died in a crash whilst on duty is taking place in Leeds this lunchtime.
PC Andrew Bramma was killed when his patrol van struck a tree in West Tanfield near Ripon on January 5th.
He was on his way to a road accident at the time.
A fund is expected to be set up this week to help the family of a police officer who died on duty. It is being set up by the North Yorkshire Police Federation, which has been inundated with offers of help since PC Andrew Bramma's death.
The father of two was killed in a crash as he responded to an emergency call near Ripon in North Yorkshire. His vehicle hit a tree. The Federation says the Chief Constable has agreed to formally launch the fund.
Tributes have continued to be paid to PC Andrew Bramma - the police officer killed in a car crash on Saturday.
It happened just outside the village of West Tanfield near Ripon, while he was on his way to an emergency call. Adam Fowler reports.
This morning, at the National Police Memorial at the Mall in London, the chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation John Tully laid a wreath in memory of PC Bramma.
The North Yorkshire Police Federation have now thanked the Metropolitan Police for observing the death of PC Bramma, the North Yorkshire police officer who died whilst on duty on Friday.
– Sgt Mike Stubbs, North Yorkshire Police Federation
"We are extremely grateful to our federation colleagues in London who have ensured that Andrew's untimely death has been properly observed at this most appropriate location.
The National Police Memorial recognises all police officers who have given their lives in the service of the public, and it is right and proper that Andrew's sacrifice should be acknowledged alongside them."
Sergeant Stubbs also thanked police officers and members of the public from around the country who have sent messages of condolence and expressions of support in the wake of PC Bramma's death.
Speaking in the House of Commons today, the Home Secretary Theresa May has paid tribute to PC Andrew Bramma, the North Yorkshire police officer who died on Friday whilst answering a 999 call.
North Yorkshire Police have opened an online book of condolence for those wishing to pay tribute to Pc Andrew Bramma who was killed in a crash. The book of condolence is here.