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Family pays tribute to police officer killed in Northamptonshire crash

The family of a Thames Valley policeman who died in a crash near Silverstone have paid tribute to him, describing him as the "bravest and kindest police officer in the world".

PC Daniel Clayton-Drabble, aged 24, was killed when his car came off the road between the A5 and Whittlebury near Towcester at around 7.40am on Boxing Day.

No other parties were involved in the collision and an investigation is being carried out by Northamptonshire Police.

PC Clayton-Drabble was based at Milton Keynes police station, but was off-duty at the time.

His family have today (31 December) paid tribute to him through a statement released by the Thames Valley force.

In it, they said: "When Dan was taken from us so tragically on his way home from shift on Boxing Day morning, our worlds were torn apart. At a time in his life where he had so much to look forward to and was so happy, his loss could not have seemed more cruel.

"From the moment he donned a police hat and tutu at the age of three, there was never any doubt he would one day be a hero to so many. We were as proud of him as he was of his profession.

“Dan always tried to face everything with a smile, he was never happier than when bringing a smile to the faces of those around him. His heart was enormous and his love for those that he cared for was immense.

“He cherished his time with us, his sister, her husband and two nieces who he adored beyond reason. We were so pleased for him to have found the love of his life and he and his fiancée were planning what would have been the brightest of futures together.

“We have all lost our shining star and the world will never be the same again.

His family have thanked Thames Valley Police for their support and also expressed gratitude over flowers received, but are now asking people wishing to pay their respects to instead make a donation to the Henry Allen Trust; a local charity that was close to the officer's heart.

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