An Essex Police officer has died in a crash.
The force has tonight, Friday, December 18 issued a statement to say the officer died after a crash on the A414 at Writtle near Chelmsford.
The collision happened yesterday, Thursday, at around 1.55pm.
The officer, who was riding a motorbike and was off-duty at the time, was involved in a collision with a lorry.
Tonight, Essex Police said it was “saddened” by the news as it issued an appeal to find out more information about the incident.
The statement from the force said: “We are saddened to report that a member of the Essex Police family has died following a collision yesterday, Thursday 17 December.
“Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this incredibly difficult time.
“At this stage, we will not be naming the officer and would ask anyone commenting to respect the privacy of his loved ones.
“Our officer, who was off-duty, was riding a motorbike on the A414 at Writtle at around 1.55pm yesterday when it was involved in a collision with a lorry.
“The road was closed while we investigated.
“No-one has been arrested.
“We need anyone who saw the collision or has dash cam footage to contact us.”
The statement was posted tonight on the force’s Facebook page and has already attracted dozens of comments.
One person said: “Heartbreaking – sending love to all of his family and friends.”
Another said: “So sorry to hear of your loss. Deepest sympathies.”
Many expressed shock and sadness at the news – but also gave thanks for the officer’s public service.
One comment that summed up this said: “Such very sad news. Sincere condolences to family and friends. Thank you for your service to our community.”
The two-vehicle crash near Writtle on the A414 shut the road for several hours.
At the time of the accident, Essex Police had to urge people to avoid the area as traffic queues built up.
If you have any information please call Essex Police on 101 quoting incident 572 of 17 December or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.