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Police inspector's body washed up on exclusive beachfront after he 'jumped off a ferry'
Last updated at 08:16 14 March 2008
A commended police inspector has died after apparently jumping off a cross-Channel ferry, it was revealed today.
Inspector Neil Munro, 43, boarded the Brittany Ferries ship alone late last night in Poole, Dorset.
The married father-of-one - the third policeman thought to have killed himself in the space of four days - went overboard in Poole Harbour a short time after it set sail at 11.45pm.
Inspector Neil Munro was discovered in the garden of a multi-millionaire property magnate David Russel
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Nobody saw him fall and the boat continued on its crossing to Cherbourg without stopping.
His body was found washed up at the beachfront home of a multi-millionaire neighbour of soccer boss Harry Redknapp on the exclusive Sandbanks peninsula.
It was discovered trapped under a private jetty at the harbourside mansion of property magnate David Russell and his wife Valerie.
Their gardener made the grim discovery at 8.30am while working in the grounds of the 10 million pounds property that overlooks Poole Harbour.
His colleagues at Dorset police found a ticket for last night's Brittany Ferries' service from Poole to Cherbourg on him.
Officers today launched an investigation into his death, although sources revealed it looks like he took his own life.
Insp Munro's devastated colleagues are today comforting his wife and their young son at their home in Bournemouth.
His death follows the apparent suicides of police sergeant Richard Fuller, 55, who was found at his house near Calne, Wilts, on Monday after he shot himself with a rifle.
The following day Michael Todd, 50, the chief constable of Greater Manchester Police is thought to have committed suicide while walking in Snowdonia.
Martin Baker, the chief constable of Dorset Police, today led his force's tributes to Insp Munro.
He said: "The whole of the force has been deeply shocked by today's news and our thoughts are very much with Neil's family at this time.
"Neil had served with Dorset Police for 20 years. He had a huge impact on policing here in Bournemouth and across the force.
The body of police inspector Neil Munro was washed up on the beach on the exclusive Sandbanks
"In November, 2006, I personally commended Neil for his professionalism in the field of hostage negotiation.
"He had previously received a Divisional Commander's Commendation for his prompt and positive action in dealing with and defusing a potentially dangerous situation at Poole when he was confronted with a man armed with a firearm, a knife and a stick.
"Due to his ability, Neil was selected to provide personal support to Dorset Police's Assistant Chief Constable, Adrian Whiting, during his command of the policing operation at the 2007 Labour Party conference in Bournemouth.
"Neil had many friends among his colleagues within the force, and outside, due to his work with other agencies including Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership representatives. He will be very much missed by a great many people."
Clive Chamberlain, chairman of the Dorset Police Federation, also paid tribute to Inspector Munro.
He said: "As a close knit community ourselves, colleagues have been very saddened by the death of a valued friend and colleague.
"Neil was an excellent leader and a great friend to many within Dorset Police.
"It is obviously very difficult for colleagues who were called to the incident because usually they don't know the person involved.
"But there are occassions sadly like this where they have to deal with someone they know and respect."
Insp Munro spent 20 years working for Dorset police and was the section inspector in command of the north Bournemouth area for the last two-and-a-half years.
A post-mortem examination is due to be held tomorrow (Fri) to establish the exact cause of death, although it is understood he had suffered bad head injuries.
An inquest is also due to be opened and adjourned.
A spokesman for Brittany Ferries confirmed that a Neil Munro was booked onto last night Barfleur boat from Poole to Cherbourg.
He said: "At this stage it looks as though the man was a passenger on board the Barfleur ferry.
"I understand the police found a copy of his ticket in his clothing.
"We imagine he boarded the ferry in Poole at 11.45pm last night that was headed for Cherbourg in France.
"No-one saw him go over or knew anything about it so we did not alert a search team.
"We do not check our passengers getting off so the crew would not have noticed anything untoward."
David and Valerie Russell's New England-style property is located just yards away from Portsmouth FC manager Harry Redknapp's mansion home which he shares with wife Sandra.
Neighbour Ken Coffin, 89, who has lived in the area since 1947, said: "It has been known for the odd body to wash up off Sandbanks in the past.
"But is still must have been a bit of a shock though for the person who found it.
"What with the weather we have been having it could have come from anywhere - off a boat, off the quay or washed in to the harbour on the tide."
Mr Russell is aged in his 40s and is the chairman of the 100 million pounds Property Alliance Group.
He and his family moved to Sandbanks three years ago after they purchased a plot of land, demolished the house on it and built the lavish mansion in its place.
Mr Russell is a renowned property developer based in Manchester and has four children.
Sandbanks, which featured on a recent ITV documentary presented by Piers Morgan, is the fourth most expensive place to live in the world, behind London's Belgravia, Hong Kong and Tokyo.
The sandy peninsula, which has become a millionaire's playground, is also home to computer magnate Sir Peter Ogden.
The 520ft long Barfleur ferry can carry up to 1,200 passengers and 590 cars at a time.
The jetty in front of and to the right of the boat is the property where the body was found. The newspaper said it was in the garden, on the beach and under the jetty in one article. You will notice the empty lot next door. The ferry terminal is at the right. I believe Inspector Todd was murdered and his body put in the drink. It would be a small issue to get a ferry ticket. This terminal also serves Jersey where the child abuse scandal occurred. It was said Insp. Todd investigated the Sea Cadet allegations where children were given to the elite rich for use on their yachts.
He was a model cop and decorated hero. He was called in to a four hour disciplinary interview where he left in tears. It had to be good. What if they pressured him to drop his investigation. The Deputy Chief Constable, Lenny Harper, on Jersey received 140 threats from former and serving police. He was retired. The owner of the property is a Manchester millionaire businessman. Chief Constable Todd was from Manchester. I believe he was murdered as well.
The investigation into the abuse at Haut de la Garenne, Jersey would seem to be the crux of the matters. Jersey is a Crown Dependency which is directly administered by the royal family. It is one of those banking sanctuaries as well. That makes it a money laundering capital of the world. There is an all encompassing evil that sits in the shadows behind all of this. News of the World has done its share to provide cover for child murder. Camilla Parker's bodyguard Sergeant Jim Bergerac also died of suicide as well. One of these events could be written off as coincidence. There are now so many a clear pattern emerges to me anyway.
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