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Nazir Afzal

MANCHESTER BOMBING NEWS UPDATE

The Chief Executive of the UK’s police and crime commissioners, Nazir Afzal, has resigned.

Mr Afzal announced the resignation on his Twitter account, saying he would not be “saying anything publicly”.

But the BBC has claimed his departure is connected to a “row over media coverage of terror attacks”.

On the day of the horrific Manchester Arena explosion which claimed the lives of 22 innocent people, Mr Afzal tweeted: “Manchester is my home now & my heart breaks for those who lives were taken by deluded narcissistic criminals who will never divide or defeat us.

The following day, Mr Afzal tweeted: “I prosecuted terrorists of all motivations. They’re not soldiers. They’re sad narcissists- thinking the world owes them. We owe them nothing.”

And posting a photo of Manchester city centre, he added: “Terrorists want us to change our lives because of them.

“They lose when we don’t.”

According to Mirror, Nazir Afzal was Chief Crown Prosecutor for North West England from 2011 to 2015.

He led teams responsible for some of the highest profile cases in the country, including the child grooming case in Rochdale and the prosecution of Stuart Hall.

He became the first Muslim to be appointed to such a position and was Britain’s most senior lawyer within the Crown Prosecution Service.

Mr Afzal had joined the Crown Prosecution Service in 1991 and was the operational and policy lead for child abuse, hate crime including disability, violence against women and honour-based violence.

He was awarded an OBE in 2004 for his services to the law and the local community.

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