Sunshine and Showers

Sunshine and Showers

max temp: 5°C

min temp: 2°C


Moving reunion among highlights of detective’s latest Guatemala visit

Sarah Elliott was awarded a diploma for the protection of children by the government of Guatemala. Picture: SUFFOLK CONSTABULARY

Sarah Elliott was awarded a diploma for the protection of children by the government of Guatemala. Picture: SUFFOLK CONSTABULARY

Suffolk Constabulary

A Suffolk police officer has been recognised by the government of Guatemala for sharing her knowledge and experience of child protection.

For five years, Detective Sergeant Sarah Elliott has made annual visits to the Central American country to volunteer for children’s charity Street Kids Direct.

On her latest trip, DS Elliott was asked by the charity director to deliver training to volunteers.

An invitation followed from the UK ambassador to Guatemala to discuss how Suffolk deals with child abuse and sexual offences.

It resulted in DS Elliott giving a presentation to the Guatemalan police, social services and other leading children’s charities.

With constabulary backing, she shared investigation techniques, policies and procedures, before a question and answer session.

DS Elliott, who was awarded a diploma for the protection of children for her contribution, said: “It is hoped that this will act as a catalyst for the Guatemalan government to review their own procedures when it comes to dealing with children.”

The self-funded trip was her fifth to the country. Aside from the embassy visit, highlights included meeting old friend, Sergio.

“I have known a young lad called Sergio for the last four years,” she said.

“I met him when he was living on a street corner with other kids.

“I knew he had left the streets, but had been unable to locate him for the last two years, and neither could the charity, as his life had taken a turn for the worse.

“However, to my surprise Sergio had returned to the charity to ask for assistance once more, and I was able to spend valuable time with him.

“Sergio shared his testimony with me. This brought me to tears, and I am just so happy to see him complete his education, and can’t wait to see him go on to complete his dreams.

“Another highlight was working on the streets, where we organise games in one of the most dangerous gang-organised territories. We were able to engage some of the older children to run and organise games for the younger ones.

“This was incredible to see, as the older ones are so caught up in the gangs that use them to do their drug running and shootings.

“It was great to see teenage boys doing what they actually should be doing, and I hope the volunteers will continue to engage them in this way.”

Get out the hats, gloves and overcoats today as it’s going to be cold.

A proposal to create 100 new homes on the site of former council offices looks set to be refused.

A 16-year-old suffered life-threatening injuries after being stabbed in the car park of a McDonald’s restaurant in Ipswich during a violent fight in front of shocked members of the public, it has been alleged.

This year’s Surviving Winter appeal has got off to one of its best ever starts in Suffolk – and has been boosted by a record £30,000 match funding pledge.

Suffolk police are appealing for witnesses after a HGV failed to stop after colliding with another vehicle in Ipswich.

Christmas has arrived in the Ipswich high street with festive displays in many windows - we find out what is selling fast and how sales are comparing to last year.

It is a swanky diner which brings a touch of American culture to the streets of Ipswich.

An ex-Ipswich Town player who worked with asbestos before becoming a professional footballer died of industrial disease, an inquest heard.

Author and screenwriter Anthony Horowitz visited Woodbridge to give a talk at Seckford Hall about his life and works. We caught up with him to talk about his home in Orford, his love for Suffolk and how he plans to spend eternity in the county.

An Ipswich man who drove with no headlights after drinking eight cans of lager at a barbecue has been handed a suspended jail sentence.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Ipswich Star daily newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

MyDate24 MyPhotos24