Emotional police lay flowers and tributes for ex-Rochdale officer killed while responding to emergency call

By Oliver Rhodes

Emotional officers laid flowers and tributes in honour of their former Rochdale colleague today, who was killed responding to an emergency call last week.

Married father-of-two PC Andrew Bramma, 32, was responding to reports of a road accident, when he crashed on a country road in West Tanfield, near Ripon, North Yorkshire.

About a dozen officers from his old force visited the scene – some of whom could not contain their grievance while they stood together observing the mass of tributes.

“Once again this shows the dangers our police officers face on a day-to-day basis and our sympathies are with him, his family and indeed his colleagues,” Home Secretary Theresa May.

Tributes have poured in for PC Bramma since his death just over a week ago and officers stepped forward to place their own flowers and other mementoes.

Among the items left at the scene was a GMP helmet and one of PC Bramma’s epaulets featuring his Greater Manchester Police number.

There were also photographs and an ‘ode to a friend and colleague’ from ‘Friends and Colleagues Rochdale B Relief’.

PC Bramma only transferred to North Yorkshire Police from GMP five months ago, which he joined in 2008.

North Yorkshire’s temporary chief constable Tim Madgwick described his death as ‘tragic news’.

In London a wreath was laid in PC Bramma’s memory at the National Police Memorial in the Mall.

North Yorkshire Police has also set up an online book of condolence.

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