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Chief Constable says sorry to family of PC Ian Terry

On behalf of Greater Manchester Police, and also personally, I want to apologise for the failings which led to the death of PC Ian Terry and express great sorrow for the pain and loss suffered by his family. We accept that there were failings in the way in which the training exercise was carried out and today we accept the sentence that has been passed.

– Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy, Greater Manchester Police

Widow of police officer says he was an exceptional man

Ian was an exceptional man – a brilliant father, husband, son and brother who we will always be proud of. He was the heart of the family and always had a smile on his face. His enthusiasm for life was infectious. He was also a dedicated police officer who loved his job, and his career was progressing well within the firearms division of GMP.

The last five years have been horrendous for us. We are a patient and reasonable family and all we have wanted from day one is for those involved in this tragedy to accept their portions of responsibility for what happened to Ian on 9th June 2008.

– Joanne Terry, widow of PC Ian Terry


PC Ian Terry death case adjourned to decide sentence

GMP chief, and firearms officer, fined over PC's death


PC's death an "avoidable tragedy" says Police and Crime Commissioner

Ian Terry’s death was an avoidable tragedy that should never have happened.

I sought, and have been given, the assurance that it would now be impossible for something similar to happen again. Greater Manchester Police have radically changed their procedures for firearms training.

Indeed the changes that have been introduced as a result of Ian’s death now mean that GMP’s firearms training is considered amongst the best in the country.

This entire process has taken far too long. It is unacceptable that Ian’s family have had to wait five years to get to this point – it is contemptuous of them.

– Tony Lloyd, Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner

GMP and firearms trainer to be sentenced over PC's death

Firearms officer convicted over PC's death

PC Ian Terry died during a firearms exercise Credit: GMP

A police officer has been convicted of breaching health and safety laws, after a colleague was shot and killed during a training exercise in Manchester.

PC Ian Terry was hit once in the chest, while he was role playing the part of a criminal, in June 2008.

Two officers from Greater Manchester Police pleaded not guilty to the charges after PC Terry's death. Both were granted anonymity by the courts.

Today a jury found PC 'Francis' guilty. His colleague, Sgt 'Eric', was found not guilty.

Sentencing will take place this afternoon.

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