Dr Sara Gilks, with a distinguished academic career and considered one of West Yorkshire Police‘s most respected volunteer officers, committed suicide after her boyfriend left her.
She sent a text to a friend saying her boyfriend had “absolutely destroyed me” before killing herself . She began to research suicide methods over the internet before she was found dead in her bed by her friend Diane Hirst.
Her friend said:
“I received a message from her saying her boyfriend had split up with her and she was ‘proper gutted’. She was very upset.
“It was clear that she was so shocked by what had happened. He had booked a skiing holiday for them. The next morning, she said she couldn’t stop crying.”
“I went into her bedroom. She was wearing her pyjamas. I grabbed her arm, it was cold. There were packets of tablets on the bed.
“I was so shocked and upset I couldn’t speak. I never thought she would do such a thing.”