There has been a 26% rise in the number of children and young people hospitalised after self-harming in the East of England.
Suffolk: Bride's Wedding Day Made After Getting A Free Pencil
A Suffolk bride has had her wedding day made after receiving two free pencils from Suffolk Police.
Deborah, from Lakenheath, told her fiancé Stephen Whitehead about a memorable visit to Suffolk Police Headquarters and it gave Stephen an idea for their big day.
In 1990, at the age of 8, Deborah wanted to become a police officer. She wrote a letter to Suffolk Police offering her services as a detective but her offer was declined. Instead she was given a tour of Suffolk Police Headquarters.
She said: “It was amazing. Myself and my cousin were picked up in a police car, we were shown the control room, given a tour of the police museum, got to sit on a police motorcycle and in a police car and had our fingerprints taken.
“The day was one of the most exciting days of my young life and topped off with a souvenir of a Suffolk Police pencil. It was my most prized possession, until one day on a school trip I dropped the pencil and it rolled through boards into the foundations of an Anglo Saxon house – I was devastated!"
Stephen decided to email Suffolk Police telling them what had happened 23 years ago and how it would make Deborah’s day if he could get hold of a pencil. In his e-mail he thanked the police 'for taking care of the county and for having made a little girl's day all those years ago'.
Julie Dennis, Community Safety Assistant at Suffolk Police, sent two pencils in readiness for the big day. She said: “We were delighted that we could help Stephen, it’s such a lovely story and we are so pleased that we were able to contribute, albeit in only a small way, to the happy couple having an enjoyable wedding day!”
On their wedding day in July, Stephen presented Deborah with the pencil in a long velvet box.
She said: “I was stunned and delighted. I’ve always thought the police are a good bunch who will be there for anyone in their time of need.”
Police have confirmed that a man and a teenage boy have died after an incident at West Meadows in Ipswich yesterday afternoon.
More than 100 people have lost their lives through suicide in prisons in England and Wales so far this year, an all-time record.
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