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Police pay tribute to PC who died on duty one year ago

PC Andrew Bramma died on duty on January 5, 2013.
PC Andrew Bramma died on duty on January 5, 2013. Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Police in North Yorkshire have paid tribute to a PC who died on duty a year ago.

PC Andrew Bramma was on his way to a road accident when his patrol car hit a tree near Ripon.

On Friday, officers laid wreaths on the police memorial stones at Newby Wiske Hall.

To mark the anniversary, the North Yorkshire police flag will fly at half mast in his memory today and tomorrow.

North Yorkshire Police officers have laid a wreath in memory of PC Andrew Bramma.
North Yorkshire Police officers have laid a wreath in memory of PC Andrew Bramma. Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Sgt Mike Stubbs, Secretary of North Yorkshire Police Federation, said: “Our thoughts are with the people who will be missing Andrew the most this weekend – his wife Kathryn, his two sons Jack and Sam, his parents and wider family, and his friends and colleagues.

“Andrew was greatly loved and hugely respected, and this anniversary will be a painful and poignant reflection of just how great a loss he is, both as a family man and as a police officer.

“With the severe weather anticipated this weekend, the anniversary of his death is also a sombre and timely reminder of the dangers that police officers, and members of other emergency services, face as they work to keep the public safe.”

North Yorkshire Police move HQ to save money

North Yorkshire Police hopes to save £445,000 by moving its headquarters to land just north of Thirsk,

The county's Police and Crime Commissioner has agreed to buy a site next to the A19 at South Kilvington.

New North Yorkshire Police HQ site
The field at South Kilvington near Thirsk will be the new police HQ Credit: ITV

If planning permission is granted, the modern facilities would replace the current HQ at Newby Wiske.

Commissioner Julia Mulligan said: "The current headquarters are a converted stately home set in a remote village. As such, they are too costly to run, difficult to access and not suited to modern policing.

"By relocating to an energy-efficient, custom-made facility that is close to major roads, we'll be able to provide a modern, cost-effective base that allows the police to do their job better and provide real value for taxpayers' money."

Newby Wiske
The old HQ at Newby Wiske costs too much to run Credit: ITV

The public will be asked for their views on the plans next year.


Appeal for man missing from hospital

York police are asking for the public’s help to find a man who has been missing since Tuesday morning.

Stefann Alan Brown, 21, was reported missing by staff at York Hospital after he walked out of the hospital without completing his treatment or taking his essential medication with him.

He is described as 5ft 6in tall, of slim build with dark hair.

It is believe he was wearing pyjamas bottoms when he left the hospital and may not be wearing any shoes.

Police are asking anyone who spots Stefann to contact them.

Concern for barefooted man missing from hospital

North Yorkshire Police say they are concerned for the welfare of a man who went from from York Hospital.

Stefann Alan Brown, 21, was reported missing by hospital staff after he walked out of the hospital on Tuesday morning without completing his treatment or taking his essential medication with him.

Police say a sighting in York city centre confirms that he may be barefoot and officers are searching locations across the city.

Stefann is also known to have contacts in the Clevelandf area, and investigations are underway in that area.

Missing man Stefann Alan Brown Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Anyone who believes they have seen Stefann since Tuesday morning, or knows where he is now, is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police as a matter of urgency.

Please call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 1 and pass information to the Force Control Room.

Police appealing for witnesses after York crash

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 91-year-old pedestrian was hit by a car in York on Tuesday 17 December.

Traffic Sergeant Andy Morton, of North Yorkshire Police, said:

"The witnesses I need to trace are a man described as Asian and two men with pedal cycles who didn't speak English. They assisted the injured man at the scene but left before police arrival. I urge them to come forward as they may have vital information that could help my investigation.

"I am also appealing to anyone who either witnessed the collision or saw either the Mazda or the pedestrian prior to the incident and ask them to get in touch."

– Traffic Sergeant Andy Morton, of North Yorkshire Police


Witness appeal after pedestrian hit by car in York

Police are appealing for witnesses after a pedestrian was hit by a car in York.

A 91-year-old man was crossing Burton Stone Lane, near to York City's Bootham Crescent, when he was stuck by a silver Mazda 6 car at around 4:20pm on Tuesday 17 December. The man suffered serious injuries remains in a stable condition in York District Hospital.

Anyone with information about the incident is being asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101.

More than 100 geese stolen in North Yorkshire

Police are appealing for information after a gaggle of Christmas geese were stolen from a farm in North Yorkshire.

More than 100 birds were taken from the farm in the Flawith area sometime overnight between Saturday 7 December and Sunday 8 December. The total value of the geese is £17,600.

Officers are appealing to anyone who has been offered a large number of geese for sale recently to contact 101.

Shotguns and jewellery stolen in Harrogate

Police are investigating a burglary in which five shotguns and expensive jewellery were stolen in Harrogate.

The robbery occurred at a property in the High Birstwith area at around 5:15pm on Friday 6 December. The offenders, described as four Asian men, left the scene in the homeowner's white Porsche 911 which was found abandoned nearby.

Officers are appealing for anyone who saw anything suspicious in the surrounding area around the time of the incident to get in touch.

Emergency calls double to North Yorkshire Police

North Yorkshire Police have had double the number of 999 calls it would normally expect, as a result of the storm.

Assistant Chief Constable Ken McIntosh says the force has also received a third more non emergency calls than usual.

He estimates the force has dealt with around 80 weather-related incidents but no reported injuries so far.

A 50 mph speed limit is in force for high-sided vehicles using the A1 through North Yorkshire.

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