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03-11-08, 03:44 PM #1
Top UK police chief is found dead
The head of one of the biggest police forces in Britain has been found dead.
Michael Todd, the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, disappeared while out walking on Snowdon, north Wales, on Monday night.
Rescue teams found the 50-year-old's body on part of the mountain called Bwlch Glas on Tuesday afternoon.
The cause of his death is not yet known but suicide is understood to be one line of inquiry. Letters addressed to his family were also found.
Deputy Chief Constable Dave Whatton confirmed the death of his friend, a father-of-three, in a statement outside force headquarters in Manchester on Tuesday evening.
He said: "Yesterday, Michael Todd, the chief constable of Greater Manchester Police was off-duty and walking in Snowdonia.
"Last night we became concerned for his welfare and as a result searches started to find him.
"These searches have continued today and unfortunately this afternoon a body has been found.
"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 and what has taken place in the last 16 hours."
Reports of his disappearance emerged after a large scale search was reported in Nant Peris, above the village of Llanberis, Gwynedd.
Mountain rescue team vehicles, police and RAF mountain rescue vans were all involved in the hunt.
The Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team began the task of taking his body off the mountain at about 1800 GMT.
Teams had been hampered by poor weather conditions including heavy rain and high winds.
The BBC has learnt the alarm was raised by walkers who found "personal effects" belonging to Mr Todd while out on the mountain.
Sources at Greater Manchester Police said that among the items found with him were notes to his family, the BBC's Nick Ravenscroft said.
Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said she was "saddened" to learn of Mr Todd's death.
"Chief Constable Todd has had a long and distinguished career in various forces and has contributed greatly to the fight against crime and terrorism," she said.
"My thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues."
Mr Todd, a former Met Police assistant commissioner, joined GMP in 2002. He also worked in Essex and Nottingham.
He was appointed chief constable in Greater Manchester, England's second 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.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/m...er/7290359.stm"all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing" Edmund Burke.
"the world is a dangerous place place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who do not do anything about it" Albert Einstein
03-11-08, 04:06 PM #2
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03-11-08, 08:32 PM #3
Sorry to hear it.Do not war for peace. If you must war, war for justice. For without justice there is no peace. -me
We are who we choose to be.
R.I.P. Arielle. 08/20/2010-09/16/2012
03-11-08, 11:54 PM #4
Keeping his family and the department in my prayers.
A smile cost nothing, but gives so much.
It enriches those who receive it,without making poorer those who give.It takes but a moment, but the memoryof it sometimes lasts forever.
None is so rich or mighty that hecan get along without it,and none is so poor but thathe can be made rich by it.
A smile creates happiness in the home,fosters goodwill in business,and is the countersign of friendship.
It brings rest to the weary,cheer to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad,and it is nature's best antidote for trouble.
Yet it cannot be bought, begged, borrowed,or stolen, for it is something that is of novalue to anyone until it is given away.
Some people are too tired to give you a smile.Give them one of yours, as none needs a smileso much as he who has no more to give.
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03-12-08, 01:49 AM #5
What a shame. No matter what he accomplished in life, no matter who he helped or what good he did, he'll always be remember for this. My prayers go out to his family and his department.For the morning will come. Brightly will it shine on the brave and true, kindly upon all who suffer for the cause, glorious upon the tombs of heroes. Thus will shine the dawn.
03-12-08, 11:00 AM #6
RIPCalm Like A Bomb...
“A pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. An optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.”
03-12-08, 11:06 AM #7
It is so sad that he will be remembered in this way. Such a loss for his family and for all of law enforcement. May he rest in peace.
03-12-08, 11:49 AM #8
Rest in peace.
03-12-08, 01:51 PM #9
My thoughts and prayers to his family and department.
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