Community worker 'to be sadly missed'

TRIBUTES have flooded in for a “professional but bubbly and approachable” community worker who was killed in a car crash on the A11 as she was driving to work.

TRIBUTES have flooded in for a “professional but bubbly and approachable” community worker who was killed in a car crash on the A11 as she was driving to work.

Sue Brady, 45, a proud member of the Porsche Owners' Club, had been driving her sports car to work on August 7 when the vehicle left the road near Hethersett and overturned along a grass embankment before returning on to the carriageway. No other vehicles were involved in the crash, which happened at about 8.20am.

Ms Brady, who lived at The Great Court, Royal Naval Hospital, Yarmouth, with her 15-year-old son William and partner Ian Wilday, had been employed as a partnerships officer for Norfolk Police Authority for the past 12 months.

The authority's chief executive, Chris Harding, said Ms Brady's colleagues were all stunned by the news.

He said: “In the year that Sue had been with us, she had made a significant contribution to partnership working. She was a friendly, bubbly personality and highly professional.

“That is evidenced by the significant reaction from people and organisations that she worked with on our behalf since the news of her death became known. Her loss will leave a big gap in our partnership working and in our endeavours around community engagement. Sue will be sadly missed by us all.”

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Rob Gregory, her friend and line manager in her previous job, working for Community Connections, a Yarmouth group supporting community work, said she had left an indelible mark in her role as rural community development officer working out of the Clip office in Martham.

Among her achievements, she had helped huge numbers of groups, including Guides and Brownies, seek funding, supported the development of the Martham skate park and backed the rural transport initiative fighting for better public transport in the villages.

He said: “She was highly professional but had a bubbly, approachable personality with an infectious laugh and was always happy. She touched all the people she came into contact with and everyone will have good memories of Sue.”

Mr Gregory, who now works for Yarmouth Borough Council as a neighbourhood centre manager, said the thoughts of her friends and colleagues would be with her son, a student at Flegg High School, Martham, and her partner.

Yarmouth MP Tony Wright said during Ms Brady's time working in Martham he had always found her “extremely helpful and a great point of contact”.

At the opening of her inquest on Tuesday, it was revealed the cause of death was chest and head injuries.

Police are still keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the accident or events leading up to it. They would also like to speak to a man who initially helped officers at the scene but did not leave details.