SANDRINGHAM: Tributes pour in for PCSO killed in crash

PCSO Sandi Greenacre with reception children at Heacham Infant School
PCSO Sandi Greenacre with reception children at Heacham Infant School
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Moving tributes have been paid this week to Sandi Greenacre, the police community support officer killed in a car crash on the A149 at Sandringham on Monday morning.

The 51-year-old officer, well-known for her work in the Hunstanton area, Burnham Market and The Woottons, died at the scene of the collision, which happened at 6.36am as she was on her way to work at Hunstanton Police Station.

Her red Peugeot 107 was in collision with a black Peugeot 206, which was travelling in the opposite direction, near the Dersingham roundabout.

On Wednesday, her family said: “Sandi Greenacre was a wonderful wife, caring mother-of-four and stepmother to two. She was the epitome of glamour and liked to believe she was the 21st century’s answer to Marilyn Monroe.

“She knew how to entertain a crowd with her larger-than-life personality and quick-witted sense of humour and her presence often captivated all those around her.

“It would be true to say that Sandi was most definitely the life and soul of any party and loved nothing more than getting dolled up for a night out.

“Needless to say she was a very popular person and enjoyed nothing more than to dance the night away. She always believed in living life to the fullest and there was certainly never a dull moment if you were lucky enough to be around her.

“She was a proud member of Norfolk Constabulary and has made a long lasting impact on all those she came into contact with. She took pride in every aspect of her life, and we will continue to make her proud each day.

“To all those who knew her, she would want us to raise a double brandy in her memory and celebrate the life she had shared with us all.

“Her friends and family will miss her deeply.”

During her PCSO work, Mrs Greenacre developed close ties with community groups in the areas where she worked. One was Heacham Youth Club, whose chairman Tracey Swann this week spoke of the “great help” they got from her when setting up in 2008.

She said: “Sandi was very supportive to us in those early days. She would pop in whenever she was passing for a cup of tea or to poke her head through the door and ask if everything was alright.

“She would also bat a ball about on the table tennis table with the kids and did a lot to let the youngsters see that the police are on their side.”

Miss Swann said the club, which meets on Saturday nights, now has more than 60 members, aged 11 to 16, and those who knew PCSO Greenacre had been shocked by the news.

Heacham parish Council chairman Martin Johnson said: “Sandi was very well-known in Heacham and this tragic accident has shaken us all, especially the council staff who knew her well.

“Heacham remembers Sandi as kind, approachable and passionate in her efforts to help those in distress. She was the epitome of a good community support officer and we mourn her loss.”

Heacham parish clerk Philippa Sewell said staff at the Tesco Express in the village had set up a collection for Mrs Greenacre’s family at the checkout, as she had been the designated officer in Heacham for some time.

She said the officer used to go to monthly open sessions, where local residents could air any problems or concerns, and she also attended some parish council meetings to present the monthly police report.

Mrs Sewell said: “We saw how much commitment and dedication she had. She really cared if people were being upset or frightened in their homes and went above and beyond to reassure them.”

In 2009, when she visited classes at Heacham Primary School to teach the children about keeping safe, Mrs Greenacre said: “The children have responded really well to seeing me in their own environment. We talk about the work they are doing.. and they will often ask me questions about my job or my uniform which helps them to understand our role.”

Tributes have also been left to her on the Lynn News website. A reader called Jules said: “I am sitting here stunned at the news of your death Sandi. You were so full of life and energy – you truly lit up any room you walked into.

“Although we had lost touch these last couple of years, I have lots of lovely memories of you and they will always raise a smile when I think of them. Sleep tight gorgeous girl.”

On Twitter on Monday, Anne Curtis said: “RIP to such a lovely lady, PCSO Sandi Greenacre, tragically taken today.”