South Yorkshire Police officer dies in motorcycle collision
An on-duty officer from South Yorkshire Police has died after his marked police motorcycle collided with a vehicle in Sheffield on Tuesday afternoon (April 21).
The officer had been responding to reports of a silver BMW failing to stop for officers when he was involved in collision with a blue Toyota Avensis on Nether Lane in the Ecclesfield area of the city.
A statement issued by the force said: “The 40-year-old police officer who was on the bike, was sadly pronounced dead a short time after the collision.
“The driver of the Toyota, a 59-year-old man, was taken to hospital with minor injuries where he remains at this time. Our specialist officers are supporting the officer’s family and the driver of the Avensis.”
Tributes have been paid from forces across England while Home Secretary Priti Patel tweeted: “The saddest news. Deeply tragic & my thoughts are with the family of this distinguished officer.”
Flags at police stations across the county have been lowered to half mast in honour of the officer.