A FUND for the children of a North Yorkshire police officer who died while on duty has already raised more than £14,000.

PC Andrew Bramma was killed on Jaunary 5 when his police vehicle left the road and hit a tree near Ripon, as he was responding to an incident.

He was the father of two young boys, Jack who is three, and Sam, whose first birthday is this month.

Sgt Mike Stubbs said: “We have been unable to acknowledge many of the donations. Some have been made direct to the fund’s bank account. Others have simply arrived as cheques with messages of condolence but no address.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has donated so far - Andrew’s wife, Kathryn, has been overwhelmed by the level of support.”

Sgt Stubbs added that some fundraising events had already been held and more were being planned.

He said: “Andrew’s colleagues at Harrogate and Ripon police stations have held cake sales which have raised almost one thousand pounds.

“Other colleagues in both North Yorkshire Police and Greater Manchester Police are also looking at other fund raising ideas.”

On February 16 , rock band, Under Fire, are performing a concert in aid of the fund at Stanningley Rugby club, where Andrew used to play.

For more information about the event, visit www.stanningleyrugby.co.uk

Donations to the fund 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’ and can be posted to North Yorkshire Police HQ, Newby Wiske, Northallerton, DL7 9HA or North Yorkshire Police Federation, The Police Station, Castlegate, Knaresborough, HG5 8AR.