Chief constable found dead near cliff

MICHAEL Todd, one of Britain's most senior police officers, has been found dead, his force confirmed tonight.The body of the chief constable of Greater Manchester Police was found this afternoon at the bottom of a cliff after he went missing last night while walking in Snowdonia.

MICHAEL Todd, one of Britain's most senior police officers, has been found dead, his force confirmed tonight.

The body of the chief constable of Greater Manchester Police was found this afternoon at the bottom of a cliff after he went missing last night while walking in Snowdonia.

The force's Deputy Chief Constable Dave Whatton said: “Yesterday our chief constable Michael Todd was off-duty 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 believe it is Michael but we have not been able to formally identify him at this time.”

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Mr Whatton said friends and colleagues of the 50-year-old father of three were “extremely upset”.

Sources said suicide was one line of inquiry.