Bury St Edmunds: The body of PCSO Sue Medcraft is found days before husband’s funeral
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A well-known Police Community Support Officer from Bury St Edmunds has been found dead at her home just days before her husband’s funeral.
Police found the body of their colleague, PCSO Sue Medcraft, 55, at her home in Cumberland Avenue on Tuesday at about 9pm.
The funeral of Mrs Medcraft’s husband Brian took place yesterday. An obituary said he passed away peacefully at home on April 29, aged 48, and that he was much loved by his wife Sue and his family and would be greatly missed.
A spokeswoman for Suffolk police said Mrs Medcraft’s death is being treated as non-suspicious, adding there would be an inquest.
Safer Neighbourhood Team Sergeant Davy Hill said: “It is with deep sadness that Suffolk Constabulary announces the death of PCSO Susan Medcraft or Sue as she was better known.
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“Sue joined Suffolk Constabulary in 2007 as a PCSO and joined Ps [Police Sergeant] Simon Clifton on the Bury East/West Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) where she worked on the Howard/Mildenhall Estate and established herself as an officer who was there to help.
“She quickly gained the trust of the community, and living on the estate she was regularly seen on and off duty assisting residents with day-to-day problems.
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“Sue moved to Bury Central SNT in May 2012 and again quickly established herself within the team carrying out important work on The Vinefields. Once more she gained the trust and respect of the residents within that area.
“Sue was a hardworking, efficient and diligent officer who was held in high regard by her community and colleagues alike.
“Nothing was ever too much trouble for Sue and she could always cheer you up with her infectious smile. Sue will be sorely missed by us all and leaves a very big hole within Suffolk Constabulary, Bury St Edmunds SNT and the community she served.”
Ernie Broom, chairman of the Howard Estate Association of Residents and Tenants (HEART), said he had known Mrs Medcraft, who grew up on the estate, and her husband since they were babies.
“She was a fantastic member of our community, one who we all looked up to and relied on, and she’s going to be missed. She’s going to be missed terribly; her smiling face and having a friendly PCSO like that and the way she dealt with the children - that was fantastic - and she was just a lovely person.
“As I say, we are a very close community and she was part of that.”
In March Judge Peter Fenn, 56, and his wife Maxine, 46, died within hours of each other. Her body was found at their Ipswich home the day before Judge Fenn lost his battle with prostate cancer.