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Tributes to chief constable
Michael Todd
Michael Todd had been with the force since 2002
The Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police Michael Todd has been found dead on Snowdon in north Wales.

Politicians and leading police personnel have rushed to express their condolences over his death. Here are some of their statements.

JACQUI SMITH, HOME SECRETARY

I have been saddened to learn that Greater Manchester Police colleagues believe Ch Con Michael Todd has died.

Chief Con Todd has had a long and distinguished career in various forces and has contributed greatly to the fight against crime and terrorism.

My thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues

DAVID DAVIS, SHADOW HOME SECRETARY

I was shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Chief Constable Mike Todd.

He made an important contribution to policing in Greater Manchester and the other forces he served with. He also gave distinguished service at a national level, in particular in the fight against terrorism, where he always gave frank and thoughtful advice.

He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. My thoughts are with his family and colleagues.

CHRIS HUHNE, LIBERAL DEMOCRATS HOME AFFAIRS SPOKESPERSON

Michael Todd was a distinguished chief constable with a lifetime of achievement in British policing behind him, who would have continued to make a great contribution to the fight against crime and terrorism.

His death is a great loss to policing in this country, and I offer all my sympathy to his family and friends.

SIR IAN BLAIR, METROPOLITAN POLICE COMMISSIONER

I am shocked and saddened to hear reports of the death of Michael Todd. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues in the Greater Manchester force at this time.

Michael held a variety of posts and ranks in the MPS. He made a significant contribution to policing.

In London, this culminated in him being assistant commissioner for territorial policing and leading the important fight against street crime.

He was held in high esteem and I and colleagues who knew him are truly shocked by this terrible news.

KEN JONES, ASSOCIATION OF CHIEF CONSTABLES (ACPO)

We now have to address the awful prospect that Mike Todd has lost his life.

Mike has made an enormous contribution to policing in Manchester and nationally throughout his distinguished career.

The news of his apparent death is a tragedy and he will be greatly missed by chief officer colleagues and all who worked with him during his career.

As a personal friend and valued supporter, I will miss him greatly.

Acpo headquarters has received already a huge volume of calls from colleagues across the policing family and in government who were shocked at the news and join us in conveying their support for his family.

DAVE WHATTON, DEPUTY CHIEF CONSTABLE OF GREATER MANCHESTER

What I can say is that I and all the officers of Greater Manchester Police and all the members of Greater Manchester Police Authority are absolutely shocked by what's happened today and what's taken place in the last 16 hours.

JAN BERRY, CHAIRMAN POLICE FEDERATION ENGLAND AND WALES

This is an extremely sad day for policing and my thoughts are with Mike Todd's family, friends and colleagues as they come to terms with this tragic news.

Mike was a very popular police officer who, despite his rank, never forgot the dangers and pressures those on the frontline face. He was, and will be always be remembered as, a coppers' copper.

DAVID BLUNKETT, FORMER HOME SECRETARY

Michael Todd was a decent and committed policeman who did a first-class job in difficult circumstances, including in dealing with counter-terrorism and the tragic death of Detective Constable Oakes.

His death is a real tragedy and I personally feel very sad to hear of his loss. My thoughts are with his family at this time.

SIR GERALD KAUFMAN, MP FOR GREATER MANCHESTER GORTON

I'm shocked and saddened to hear of Michael Todd's sudden death.

He was in the prime of his life and he was a very good chief constable of Greater Manchester.

He will be very much missed.



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