DOZENS of police officers formed a guard of honour for a colleague who died when his car crashed as he was responding to a 999 call in North Yorkshire.

The 36 uniformed officers performed the ceremonial duty at the funeral of PC Andrew Bramma, who was reacting to reports of an accident when his vehicle crashed into a tree at West Tanfield near Ripon on January 5.

PC Bramma leaves behind his widow, Kathryn, and their two young sons, Jack, three, and 11-month-old Sam.

Police chiefs attending the service in Pudsey, near Leeds, described PC Bramma as a “good British police officer” as they spoke of his dedication to his job.

Speaking before the funeral at Pudsey Parish Church, Tim Madgwick, North Yorkshire’s temporary chief constable, said: “He was a fine young officer who had a long career ahead of him in North Yorkshire Police, having already served in Greater Manchester Police.

“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, and we were confident his career would go from strength to strength and we’re just so sorry we’ve lost a colleague in these circumstances.”

Hundreds of colleagues, friends and family attended yesterday’s funeral. PC Bramma joined Greater Manchester Police in October 2008 before transferring to North Yorkshire.

Sergeant Mike Stubbs, of North Yorkshire Police Federation, said: “It’s clear that Andrew was a very highly respected officer and he was known as a thoroughly professional individual who would always follow an investigation through right to the very end.”

Mrs Bramma was comforted by family members as they followed the coffin into the church.

• A fund has been set up for for PC Bramma’s sons.

Donations can be made by bank transfer to Unity Trust Bank Sort Code 08 60 01 Account Number 20303088 Account name “NYPF Jack and Sam Fund”, or by cheque payable to “NYPF Jack and Sam Fund”.

Alternatively, post cheques to North Yorkshire Police HQ, Newby Wiske, Northallerton, DL7 9HA, or North Yorkshire Police Federation, The Police Station, Castlegate, Knaresborough, HG5 8AR.