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Michael Todd, Greater Manchester chief constable, found dead in Snowdonia

Published on March 12th 2008.


Chief Constable found dead latest

More details of the death of Greater Manchester chief constable Michael Todd, have been revealed.

Contrary to earlier reports he wasn't found dead at the foot of a cliff on Mount Snowdon, surrounded by notes. He was close to the summit on a gentle incline with a discarded bottle of gin nearby. Some of his outer layers of clothing had been removed despite the terrible conditions. Speculation is rife that this was a deliberate plan to commit suicide but alcohol, hypothermia and accidental death are also being considered.

Todd had taken Monday off to go walking on the mountains and had failed to return that evening. The alarm was raised and the body of the 50-year-old father-of-three, whose wife and family live in Nottinghamshire, was found by rescue teams from the RAF, Llanberis mountain rescue and police. Concern was already high because of the alarming nature of some of the texts he'd sent various colleagues. The MEN have headlined with the revelation that Angie Robinson, the Chief Executive of Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, had an affair with Michael Todd. Apparently this began four years ago and finished a year ago. What this revelation may have to do directly with the death of Michael Todd is unclear.

Speculation is rife that this was a deliberate plan to commit suicide, but alcohol, hypothermia and accidental death are also being considered.

Todd had been the chief constable of Greater Manchester since 2002. The force is the second largest in England and Wales after London with 11,000 staff. He was known as an active and robust chief who spent time ‘on the beat’ and had a reputation as a progressive chief. He gained notoriety nationally when he allowed himself to be shot with a 50,000-volt Taser gun to demonstrate its effects.

Todd was also vice president of the Association of Chief Police Officers, and a member of the latter’s Terrorism Committee. He had been appointed to investigate claims that British airports were used by US planes to carry out the “extraordinary rendition” of terror suspects.

He was widely tipped for the top job in British policing as Metropolitan police commissioner, when Sir Ian Blair leaves his post - although a career in politics or other public service seemed equally likely.

Lord Harris of Haringey, a former chair of the London police authority was on the panel which promoted Todd to assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan police, before he took up his role in Manchester. He said: "He was a big police officer in every sense of the word. He was a significant figure throughout the police service in the UK, well-known at conferences and events, always with something to say and always with a point of view, protecting the interests of his force and of policing."

Deputy Chief Constable of Greater Manchester David Whatton said: “I and all the officers of Greater Manchester Police and all the members of staff at the Greater Manchester Police Authority are absolutely shocked by what’s taken happened today. All of his friends and colleagues are extremely upset, our hearts and thoughts are with his family.”

Flags are flying at half-mast across Greater Manchester police stations for what other officers called the 'copper's copper. There are books of condolence open in the Town Hall, Manchester Cathedral and at Greater Manchester Police Headquarters on Chester Road.

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14 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

John S. LockeMarch 12th 2008.

Never met the man, but everyone I know who has, have all said he was a straight talking, straight up guy - Manchester Police force and Manchester people appear to have lost a good man. My thoughts are with his loved ones

JimMarch 12th 2008.

Maybe if there were no notes, he just went for a walk and slipped off a cliff in the rain and the wind. Accidents do happen. Better than being tagged with suicide as well.

EditorialMarch 12th 2008.

We've updated this story from the one we posted yesterday in the light of new details.

stejaskiMarch 12th 2008.

What a great shame and a great loss. If the initial reports about an upcoming expose in one of the scum Sunday Rags being to blame are true, I hope they carry the guilt of what they have done forever. The fact that the Manchester Evening Nazi has jumped on the bandwagon is no great shock. Vile.

AnonymousMarch 12th 2008.

there has to be more to this story than has being published so far, if the guy was so ashamed by what he has done that he had to kill himself then it has to be pretty bad.

Mark GarnerMarch 12th 2008.

Sorry to hear this. A copper with a sense of humour, known to me as 'The Boulevardier' in what became a private email joke between us. RIP

JamesMarch 12th 2008.

He was a lovely man and will be sadly missed

AnonymousMarch 12th 2008.

A copper's copper and a people's policeman is a rare combination. I don't care who he had an affair with and what his mental health problems were. He was good at his job, he cared about the people he was protecting and that should be all that matters.

KieranMarch 12th 2008.

Lets just hope that all of his hardwork and efforts to tackle the growing social problems in Manchester are not undone. Those are some big shoes for somebody to step into, and to gain the respect of the public and colleagues as Michael did is almost unprecedented. Our thoughts are with his family and close friends.

Baz LittlewoodMarch 12th 2008.

Michael Todd made a significant impact throughout his career. Nobody can question his professional ability or his dedication to his force. However, he obviously felt reason to take such drastic measures. Integrity is natural for a man of honour; without it there is no trust, no respect and no pride. The expose would inevitably highlight his shortcomings and he could no longer use his ego for personal aggrandizement. My thoughts are with his family.

Arnie S HiraMarch 12th 2008.

A sad loss.

JanieMarch 12th 2008.

I feel so sad at this huge loss. The Greater Manchester Police have one hell of a gap to try and fill. May he rest in peace.

one from the other sideMarch 12th 2008.

I had experience of Mr Todd, from lets say a professional view point. His position was always political but he wanted to make a difference at ground level and strived for improvement. I salute him and offer my respects. We were part of the same game. Whatever the reasons for his demise, the papers have absolutely no right to pry and rip his private life apart. He was a copper. he had a job to do, simple as that.He was entitled to a private life. Scum reporters, you are worse than !!! Its time for privacy laws that work.

AnonymousMarch 12th 2008.

What was the point of naming Michael Todd's mistress? Its of no relevance to anyone but in doing so the MEN will have caused further pain and upset to his family who will be suffering enough already.

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