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City remembers dead police chief
Michael Todd
Michael Todd was former Met police assistant commissioner
People in the North West have paid tribute to the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, Michael Todd, who has been found dead in Wales.

Sir Gerald Kaufman, MP for Manchester Gorton, said he was "shocked and saddened" to hear of the death.

He said Mr Todd was a "very good chief constable of Greater Manchester" who was "in the prime of his life".

MP for Salford and former police minister, Hazel Blears, said the news had come as "a terrible shock".

The MP said: "He was dedicated to tackling crime and making the streets safer."

Announcing the news outside Greater Manchester Police's headquarters, Dave Whatton, the Deputy Chief Constable of the force, said he had lost a "friend".

In his all too short a time with the Greater Manchester Police, Michael was a great servant of the people
Mark Hunter, MP for Cheadle

He said the force's officers and members of the police authority for Greater Manchester were "absolutely shocked by what's happened".

Liberal Democrat MP for Cheadle Mark Hunter said his first thoughts were with Mr Todd's family and friends.

He said: "In his all too short time with the Greater Manchester Police as Chief Constable, Michael was a great servant of the people and his contribution will be sadly missed."

The editor of the Manchester Evening News, Paul Horrocks, said he was "utterly, utterly stunned" at news of Mr Todd's death.

He described the policeman as "somebody that I trusted" and regarded as a friend.

"He was an extremely dedicated police officer who regarded media relations as a very important part of his job," he said.

"There was never a time when Michael Todd would ignore your call or would not respond to a properly put request."

Referring to reports that suicide was one line of inquiry, Mr Horrocks said: "I cannot think of any reason why Michael Todd would want to take his own life."

The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) president Ken Jones said Mr Todd, who was vice chairman, had made an "enormous contribution to policing" locally and nationally.

Mr Todd was appointed chief constable in Greater Manchester, England's third largest force, in October 2002, following the retirement of Sir David Wilmot.

He had been a police officer for more than 30 years, having joined Essex Police in 1976, and was tipped to become Britain's highest-ranking officer.



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