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Independent Custody Visitor, Susan Harrowing

It is with sadness that we must report the death of former Independent Custody Visitor, Susan Harrowing.

Simon Atherton, Scheme Manager for the Independent Custody Visiting Scheme, said: “Susan was an Independent Custody Visitor for almost 16 years and was also the local coordinator, assisting the Scheme Manager with rotas and all aspects of the scheme helping it to run smoothly and efficiently. She left the scheme in March last year.

“Sue was extremely passionate about her role and always went the extra mile to ensure the most vulnerable people held in Custody were given the support and care they needed and she was the first to volunteer to resume visiting at the height of the pandemic after it had initially been suspended due to the lockdown periods.”

Susan Harrowing and Giles Orpen-Smellie visiting a PICGiles shadowing Susan at a Police Investigation Centre in June 2022

Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Giles Orpen-Smellie, said: “I would like to pay tribute to Susan, whom I met on several occasions. Her continuing support as a local co-ordinator was crucial in ensuring that the custody environment remained a safe place for detainees. Whilst not the most glamorous of volunteering roles, her unwavering service will always be remembered and appreciated.”

“Our thoughts are with her son Charles at this sad time.”

Sue was also passionate about volunteering and also gave her time to the British Red Cross and Norwich Cathedral.

Featured photo: Susan Harrowing with Giles and the High Sherriff , David McLeavy Hill receiving  a certificate of recognition for her long service and for the work done during the pandemic.