A police officer who died after his car crashed into a tree as he responded to an emergency call has been named.

Pc Andrew Bramma, 32, was killed in the accident in the village of West Tanfield, near Ripon, at 7pm on Saturday, said North Yorkshire Police.

The married father-of-two, who was the only person in the car, was on his way to reports of a road accident when the crash happened. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Pc Bramma, who has two young sons, had transferred from Greater Manchester Police to North Yorkshire about four months ago, said a police spokesman. The road was closed for several hours on Sunday as collision investigators examined the scene.

The Health and Safety Executive has also been informed and an investigation will be carried out into the cause of the crash, police said.

Temporary Chief Constable Tim Madgwick paid tribute to Pc Bramma and said the officer's family would be offered support from the force.

"This is terrible and tragic news and the thoughts of everyone at North Yorkshire Police are with the officer's family at this sad and very difficult time", he said.

"The officer's immediate family have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers.

"Everyone is shocked and saddened by the news of his death and I speak for every member of the force in extending our heartfelt sympathies to his family, friends and colleagues."

Anyone who was in the area at the time and saw the vehicle or witnessed the collision is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police.