Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Michael Todd, chief of Greater Manchester Police, has been found dead in North Wales. It has been reported that he was found at the bottom of a cliff with letters found nearby, either on his body or in his car, which were addressed to family and friends, although this has not been confirmed.
The discovery comes after an extensive search by mountain rescue teams, following Todd's unexpected absence. According to GMP, the chief Constable had been on a walking trip, which was not uncommon, however when he failed to return the alarm was raised.
Sources in GMP have said that it was possible the 51 year old had committed suicide, with recent behaviour, including phone calls to close colleagues and friends, having been noticed, however the cause of death has not yet been confirmed.
Current Home Secretary Jacqui Smith was quoted as saying Todd had "contributed greatly to the fight against crime and terrorism". A profile on the BBC news site also mentions Todd had called for close co-operation between MI5 and a dedicated counter terrorism unit established in Greater Manchester.
The deputy police chief has commented on the death saying "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."
The full text of the Deputy Police Chief's statement can be found below:
== Sources ==
"Top UK police chief is found dead" — BBC News Online, March 11, 2008
"Top police chief Michael Todd found dead" — The Daily Telegraph, March 11, 2008
"Profile: Michael Todd" — BBC News, March 11, 2008
Dave Whatton. "Message from Deputy Chief Constable Dave Whatton" — Greater Manchester Police, March 11, 2008
Peter Walker. "Manchester chief constable found dead" — The Guardian, March 11, 2008