A shocked community has paid tribute to a PCSO found dead at her home in Bury St Edmunds just days before her husband’s funeral.
PCSO Sue Medcraft, 55, was found dead at her home in Cumberland Avenue on Tuesday night last week after police were contacted by a concerned family member.
The funeral of her husband Brian took place on Friday. He had been ill and had died on April 29 aged 48.
Police have confirmed that there are no suspicious circumstances concerning PCSO Medcraft’s death.
Ernie Broom, chairman of the Howard Estate Association of Residents and Tenants, said he knew both Sue and her husband from when they were children and worked with Sue at the telephone exchange in Whiting Street, where Sue was an operator and Ernie and engineer.
She became a PCSO in 2007 serving the Mildenhall Road and Howard Estates until she joined the Bury Central SNT at The Vinefields last year.
“Sue was a happy and smiley young lady that had a special knack of cheering people up. She was just lovely,” said Mr Broom.
“She was a great asset to the police service. She walked the estates and got to know just about everyone and everyone got to know her.
“She preferred to walk saying that you don’t really get to talk to people if you are in a car or on a bike.
“She was just a cheerful and bubbly person that loved the job she was doing.
“Sue grew up on our estate, married a lad from our estate and served our estate as a dedicated police officer and set a wonderful example to all who knew her.
“She was also my very dear friend and I feel privileged to have known her and hubby Brian. God Bless them both.”
Suzanne Game also from the Howard Estate said: “I’m devastated.
“She would go out of her way to help you. She was a very caring person. I just can’t belive it. She will be sadly missed.”
Former police Sergeant Neil Boast, now business support officer with Bid4Bury trained PCSO Medcraft. He tweeted: “She was an excellent PCSO. This is very sad and dreadful news. Sad day for her colleagues and her community.”
Safer Neighbourhood Sgt Davy Hill said: “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 SNT and the community she served.”
Meanwhile Suffolk County Cllr Mark Ereira-Guyer tweeted: “This is so so sad. Sue was a first class public servant and very caring about communities she was working with/for. She’ll be missed.”
And Hannah Williams tweeted: “Lovely, vibrant, sunny woman. RIP.”
Tributes have also been paid to PCSO Medcraft on our Facebook page.
Louise Newman said: “Shocked ......she was a lovely lady xx”
And Eleanor Ramsay said: “Condolences to her family. What a lovely lady she was.”
An inquest into her death opened and adjourned on Monday.