A police officer has died in the line of duty following a crash with a car in Sheffield. The 40-year-old officer, who was on motorbike, was was responding to reports of a silver BMW failing to stop for officers in the Ecclesfield area of the city. At about 1pm on Tuesday when his bike collided with a blue Toyota Avensis, South Yorkshire Police said. The officer was pronounced dead shortly after the crash on Nether Lane, police said. The Toyota driver, 59, remains in hospital having suffered minor injuries.
Responding to the news, Home Secretary Priti Patel tweeted: ‘The saddest news. Deeply tragic & my thoughts are with the family of this distinguished officer.’
Nether Lane remains closed and police are appealing for witnesses of the collision to contact them. Anyone with information should call 101 quoting incident number 374 of April 21 2020. People with dashcam or CCTV footage which could help the investigation are asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting the incident number in the subject line.