Greater Manchester deputy chief constable controversially removed as head of the ‘shoot-to-kill’ inquiry into the RUC

No police officer below the rank of commissioner or chief constable achieved a higher profile over the last half century than John Stalker, former deputy chief constable of Greater Manchester, who has died aged 79. First, as the person at the centre of the “Stalker affair” during the Northern Ireland Troubles and then as a broadcaster and writer, he was a key figure in the shaping of public attitudes to criminal justice and the police.

Born in Miles Platting, a suburb of Manchester, one of the four sons of Jack Stalker, an aircraft engineer, and his wife, Theresa, a machinist, John was educated at Chadderton grammar school and originally wanted to be a journalist.

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