Bury St Edmunds PCSO ‘struggling to cope’ took own life, inquest rules

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A popular police community support officer, who was found dead in her Bury St Edmunds home earlier this year, had taken her own life, an inquest ruled on Tuesday.

The inquest, at Bury’s Active Business centre, heard how PCSO Susan ‘Sue’ Medcraft, 55, took an overdose after failing to cope with the death of her husband, Brian.

On May 14, police officers attended Sue’s home in Cumberland Avenue after her sister Christine raised concerns for her safety.

They found her bedroom curtains open and Sue laid down, facing away from the window. After knocking on the glass and calling Sue’s name, police forced their way inside.

Coroner Dr Peter Dean said: “She was found, apparently, lifeless on the bed. Ambulance staff attempted to offer assistance and resuscitation but, sadly, death was confirmed at the scene.”

In a report to the inquest, officer Chris Reynolds, who attended the incident, said: “I was aware her husband had recently died and she was struggling to cope.”

A letter was found at the scene.

Giving a verdict that Sue took her own life, Dr Dean said: “Clearly it had been a very difficult time for her since the loss of her husband and it appeared to the family that she couldn’t bear to live without her husband. Although, they wouldn’t have been able to predict she would take the actions that, sadly, she did.”