Harrogate death crash PC gets condolence book UPDATED

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A book of condolence has been set up to remember a police officer who died after his car crashed into a tree.

Tributes have continued to flow for married father-of-two Pc Andrew Bramma, 32, who was reacting to reports of a road accident when the crash happened in North Yorkshire.

He was the only person in the car and was pronounced dead at the scene in the village of West Tanfield, near Ripon, at around 7pm on Saturday.

North Yorkshire Police say that an online book of condolence has been started.

Shadow home secretary and Yorkshire MP Yvette Cooper added to the mounting tributes to the officer.

“This is terrible news. The officer was working to help others and keep people safe, in this instance responding to an emergency call,” Ms Cooper said.

“All our sympathies and thoughts go out to his family and friends.

“Police officers across the country put their lives at risk every night so we all can be safer and more secure, and they deserve our deep gratitude.”

Yesterday, tributes to Pc Bramma were led by North Yorkshire’s temporary Chief Constable Tim Madgwick who said: “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.

“I just sense he was someone who wanted to be here and wanted to be part of our team. He extolled the virtues of what we are looking for in North Yorkshire Police: he cared about the community, he wanted to do his job and protect people and he did it for the very best reasons.”

Pc Bramma only transferred four months ago from Greater Manchester Police where he served since 2008.

Mike Stubbs, of North Yorkshire Police Federation, said his colleague was “a well-liked and respected officer amongst his colleagues in North Yorkshire who are distraught at his death”.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) officers also made tributes to the impact he made during his time working mainly in the Rochdale area.

Pc Bramma’s former colleagues from B relief team at GMP’s Rochdale division issued a joint statement to express their sorrow at the death of an “A* standard” officer.

They said: “Andrew was a great police officer and a loving family man. For anyone who knew him, Andrew was meticulous in everything he did, nothing would ever beat him and he would leave no stone unturned to find his answers.

“Every job he dealt with was always done to A* standard.”

The online condolence book can be found at: northyorkshire.police.uk/condolences

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