THERE were emotional scenes as former colleagues of a police officer who died when his van hit a tree as he answered an emergency call in North Yorkshire visited the scene of the accident.
Married father-of-two Andrew Bramma, 32, was responding to reports of a road accident when the crash happened on a country road earlier this month.
He was the only person in the patrol van and was pronounced dead at the scene just outside the village of West Tanfield, near Ripon.
Pc Bramma had only just transferred to North Yorkshire Police from the Greater Manchester force (GMP), which he joined in 2008.
Today about a dozen officers from his old relief in Rochdale visited the scene and left photographs, messages and mementoes.
Some of the uniformed officers were in tears and put their arms around each other for comfort as they stood together to look at the mass of tributes already placed at the base of the roadside tree, which still shows the scars from the crash.
Then officers stepped forward to place their own flowers and other mementoes.
Among the items left was a GMP helmet and one of Pc Bramma’s epaulets featuring his GMP police number.
There were also photographs and an “ode to a friend and colleague” on an A4 sheet of paper from “Friends and Colleagues Rochdale B Relief”.
Traffic officers closed a short stretch of the road near West Tanfield for the informal ceremony to take place.
Tributes have poured in for Pc Bramma since his death just over a week ago.
North Yorkshire’s temporary chief constable Tim Madgwick described his death as “tragic news” and Home Secretary Theresa May told MPs: “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.”
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.