Tributes pour in for police officer who died after crash during police chase in Sheffield

Tributes have poured in for a South Yorkshire Police officer who died after a motorcycle crash during a police chase in Sheffield.
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The 40-year-old officer, who has not yet been named, was responding to reports of a silver BMW failing to stop when he collided with a blue Toyota Avensis on Nether Lane, Ecclesfield, at around 1pm this afternoon (21 April).

The officer, who was travelling on a marked police motorcycle, was sadly pronounced dead a short time after the crash. His family are currently being supported by specialist officers.

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Chief Superintendent Una Jennings, district commander for Rotherham, said the death “brings real perspective.”

Nether Lane, Ecclesfield.Nether Lane, Ecclesfield.
Nether Lane, Ecclesfield.

She wrote: “Thinking about his family and those that loved him - rest easy x God bless x”

One South Yorkshire Police officer tweeted: “Such a sad sad day losing a colleague of ours! Thoughts with all his family, friends and loved ones at this awful time! May you rest in peace!”

Abdul Aziz, South Yorkshire Police response team inspector, posted a picture of a love heart with a thin blue line without a caption.

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Another tweet from Doncaster East neighbourhood policing group said: “RIP - walk proudly amongst the angels knowing you gave your all.”

Derbyshire Police’s armed response unit tweeted: “Our thoughts are with the family, colleagues, friends and those involved in the terrible incident in Sheffield today.

“Sending our deepest condolences to our neighbours across the border.”

Debyshire Roads Policing Unit tweeted: “One of our friends and colleagues over at @syptweet @SYPOperations has died today doing the best job in the world.

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“The thoughts of everyone here are with his family, friends and colleagues, we are gutted. Rest In Peace.”

One member of the public wrote: “Poor man, RIP to a hero. Thoughts go out to your family and friends at this time. Died in the line of duty, God bless him.”

Another person wrote: “Just awful, thoughts are with everyone involved.”

And another said: “Very sad that his family don't get him home tonight. Thoughts to all of them, to all the officers and paramedics who responded on scene who were clearly distraught, and to the car driver's family who'll need support too.”