The policing family has today paid tribute to popular South Yorkshire Police Constable Matt Lannie who tragically died on duty in a road traffic collision.
PC Lannie, 40, was on a police motorcycle responding to an incident at around 1pm yesterday afternoon (21 April) when it was in collision with a blue Toyota Avensis in the Ecclesfield area of Sheffield.
He was pronounced dead a short time after the collision.
National Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales John Apter said: “This is devastating to hear and tragic news for all of policing.
“When one of us falls the loss is felt by the entire police family.
“Matt’s family, friends and colleagues are in my thoughts and I offer my sincere condolences at this terrible time.”
South Yorkshire Police Federation Chair Steve Kent said: "This is heart-breaking news.
“Matt was a very popular, funny officer and a friend to many in South Yorkshire Police. He loved his job in the roads policing group. He will be very sadly missed.”
The police vehicle driven by PC Lannie was responding to reports of a silver BMW failing to stop for officers. Investigations into the collision are ongoing.
Steve added: “The Force and the everyone at South Yorkshire Police Federation will do our very best to support his partner, family, friends and close colleagues at this extremely difficult time.
“We ask that their privacy is respected."
Chief Constable Stephen Watson QPM said: “It is with great sadness that we today pay tribute to serving officer, PC Matt Lannie, who died in the line of duty. Dreadful events such as these serve to remind us of the great dangers that police officers confront every day in order to keep us all safe.
“Matt was a specialist motorcycle officer in our roads policing unit and prior to this was a response officer at Sheffield. He was a very popular member of the team and he will be greatly missed.
“The South Yorkshire police family is doing everything we can to provide support and comfort to Matt’s loved ones and his colleagues at what is a very difficult time.
“Matt’s family has asked for privacy and we ask their wishes are respected in order to allow them the time and space they so richly deserve.”