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Officers pay tribute to copper’s cop’

PUBLISHED: 11:59 19 March 2008 | UPDATED: 14:30 25 August 2010

TOP cops have paid tribute to a greatly respected police officer who appeared to have committed suicide last Monday.

TOP cops have paid tribute to a 'greatly respected' police officer who appeared to have committed suicide last Monday.

Michael Todd, 50, consumed two thirds of a bottle of gin before walking to Snowdon without a jacket, which could have brought on hypothermia.

The Manchester police chief, who was tipped to be the next Metropolitan Police Commissioner, was said to have taken his life after fears that his extra-marital affairs would be exposed.

His frozen body was found near a 100ft summit by mountain walkers last Tuesday.

The popular 'copper's cop', who was famously filmed getting Tasered to show the public it was a safe method of restraint, was said to have suffered from depression and had threatened suicide before.

However, police chiefs in Bromley and Bexley remembered a man who was respected and passionate about policing.

Bromley borough commander, Charles Griggs, knew Mr Todd while he served in the Metropolitan Police between 1998 and 2003 as Assistant Commissioner for Territorial Policing.

He said: "I knew Michael Todd and his death comes as a great shock.

"Michael was a really nice guy, was well respected and incredibly passionate and enthusiastic about policing. My thoughts go to his family at this tragic time."

Bexley Borough Commander, Tony Dawson, met Mr Todd at Islington Police, where he was Deputy Assistant Commander, in 1998.

He said: "He was a strong operational leader, who was greatly respected by front-line officers for his focus on crime and his enthusiasm for patrolling with Borough

officers."

Coroner Dewi Pritchard-Jones heard last Thursday that Mr Todd's body contained 105 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood - 25 millilitres above the legal driving limit.

There were no injuries on the body, and Mr Todd was fully, although lightly, clothed when found on Snowdon, the inquest at Llangefni, Anglesey heard.

The coroner said there was "no obvious cause of death" and opened and adjourned a full inquest, to a date yet to be set.

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

Sources claim that Mr Todd had been concerned about details of his close friendship with married businesswoman Angie Robinson, chief executive of the Greater Manchester chamber of commerce, being published in a Sunday newspaper.

It is believed the relationship ended a year ago and that his wife Carolyn had been made aware of the affair.

Mrs Todd paid tribute to "a caring and loving father and husband".

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

kate.mead@archant.co.uk

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