Tributes paid to King’s Lynn and Hunstanton officer

The A149 at the Dersingham Roundabout was closed this morning after a fatal accident. Picture: Ian B

The A149 at the Dersingham Roundabout was closed this morning after a fatal accident. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

Tributes have been paid to popular police community support officer (PCSO) and mother-of-four Sandi Greenacre who died in a car crash yesterday morning.

Mrs Greenacre is thought to have been on her way to work in Hunstanton when her red Peugeot 107 collided with a black Peugeot 206 near the Dersingham roundabout on the A149.

Hunstanton Inspector Debbie Gunnill said: 'Sandi was a valued and well-liked member of the Hunstanton team and her bubbly personality will be missed.

'She was totally committed to her role, cared about victims and would do as much as she could to resolve community issues.

'The public respected her and this was borne out by the positive comments and number of thank you letters she received. Our thoughts are with her family at this time.'

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The crash happened shortly before 6.40am and closed the road for nearly six hours. Ambulances were on the scene within seven minutes but were unable to save PCSO Greenacre who died at the scene. Another casualty was treated for suspected spinal injuries and taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn.

Mrs Greenacre, 51, was married with four children and was a well-known face in the local community where she worked in the Hunstanton, Burnham Market and The Woottons areas and was part of the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme.

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Nick Daubney, borough councillor for South Wootton, said: 'I'm really quite shocked. She did wonderful work with the parish and the community. She was one of those people who threw themselves into the community and one full of bright ideas and we'll really miss her.

'I'm devastated, I can't tell you how I feel for her family. I'm very, very sorry.'

David Goddard, deputy chairman of Castle Rising Parish Council, said: 'She had such a zest for life, a really positive girl. She will be very sadly missed.

'It will be a sorry place without her and her smiling face on patrol. She was an extremely good ambassador for the police in the community. They have lost a very valuable lady.

'She was one of those people who really made the effort to get to know everyone in the parish. She gave a level of policing that sadly we don't see much any more. She always threw herself into it and did it with great enthusiasm.'

Elizabeth Nockolds, councillor for South Wootton, said: 'It was obvious that she enjoyed her work and she was a very community-spirited person. It's very sad for her family.'

The news of PCSO Greenacre's death comes after a weekend which has seen five lives lost on Norfolk's roads in 48 hours.

Chief Constable Phil Gormley said: 'We were saddened and shocked to learn of the death of our colleague PCSO Greenacre in a road traffic collision earlier today.

'A number of families, friends and colleagues are today dealing with the devastating loss of a loved one from a weekend which has seen a shocking level of tragedy on Norfolk's roads. We extend our sympathy to them all at this time.'

Although the A149 between King's Lynn and Hunstanton had only one fatal crash in five years from January 2008 till December 2012 there have already been two deaths since the turn of the year.

Motorcyclist Matthew Thompson, from Downham Market, died after his motorbike collided with a car on February 16.

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