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Widow's tribute to police chief
Michael Todd
Michael Todd's body was found on Snowdon

The wife of Greater Manchester Police chief Michael Todd, who was found dead in north Wales, has paid tribute to "a caring and loving father and husband".

The snow-covered body of Mr Todd, 50, was found on Snowdon on Tuesday.

His widow, Carolyn, said she and their three children were "struggling to come to terms" with his death.

Meanwhile, Manchester's Chamber of Commerce said it supported its boss Angie Robinson, amid reports she had been having an affair with Mr Todd.

Mrs Todd's statement said: "I loved Michael very much and the last time I spoke to him he told me he loved me too."

An inquest, which has yet to establish the cause of Mr Todd's death, was opened and adjourned on Thursday.

There was no evidence this man had jumped from height or sustained any significant injuries
Dewi Pritchard Jones, coroner

Anglesey coroner Dewi Pritchard Jones was told tests had shown Mr Todd had consumed some alcohol - enough to put him twice over the driving limit.

His body was fully clothed but the garments were only light. There were no external injuries.

Mr Pritchard-Jones said: "There was no evidence this man had jumped from height or sustained any significant injuries."

He said releasing the medical information about Mr Todd was needed to "allay suspicion and fears".

Mr Todd had been married for more than 27 years and had three children - a 16-year-old daughter and twin boys aged 13.

Michael Todd with Angie Robinson and Paul Goggins (Pic: Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce)
Angie Robinson is alleged to have had an affair with Mr Todd

The chief executive of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Angie Robinson, was offered the support of the organisation's chairman after reports relating to her alleged relationship with Mr Todd.

In a statement, Peter Heginbotham offered Mrs Robinson ''our full support'' after details of the alleged affair emerged.

The statement said: "Angie Robinson is unavailable for comment today.

"However, she has the full support of the chamber in her role as chief executive."

State of mind

Mr Todd lived in a flat in Manchester city centre and returned to his wife and family at their house in Nottinghamshire at weekends.

The BBC has learned he suffered from bouts of depression and had previously threatened suicide.

In the hours before he died, he sent a series of "worrying" text messages to various people, which caused concern for their safety and his own.

BBC home affairs correspondent Daniel Sandford said the investigation may focus on Mr Todd's distressed state of mind and what support he had been given by Greater Manchester Police.

Books of condolence have been opened at Manchester Cathedral and online at the Greater Manchester Police website.



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