Hero po­lice in­spec­tor was found hanged

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

ACOURAGEOUS po­lice of­fi­cer hanged him­self af­ter a row with his wife.

In­spec­tor Steve Porter, 45, died at his home in Poyn­ton on De­cem­ber 28.

An in­quest at War­ring­ton coroner’s court on May 5, heard that the ac­com­plished po­lice of­fi­cer, who worked for Greater Manch­ester Po­lice, was awarded a com­men­da­tion from the chief con­sta­ble for ex­cel­lent polic­ing in recogni- tion of his pro­fes­sion­al­ism, sen­si­tiv­ity and courage in re­solv­ing a po­ten­tially ma­jor in­ci­dent at Manch­ester Air­port.

But in a nar­ra­tive con­clu­sion, Cheshire as­sis­tant coroner Alan Moore said while Mr Porter did hang him­self, his in­tent was un­clear.

Mr Porter’s first wife Emma Shone re­called two in­ci­dents when she said he had at­tempted to take his own life, one in 2002 and an­other in 2009.

The in­quest heard that other than tak­ing an anger man­age­ment course in 2001, he never spoke to his doc­tor about sui­ci­dal thoughts.

In 2014, Mr Porter mar­ried a sec­ond time to Louise, a sales man­ager who had chil­dren from a pre­vi­ous re­la­tion­ship.

Mrs Porter told the in­quest the cou­ple ar­gued about parenting styles, in­clud­ing one row on Christ­mas Day, 2015.

She said: “I wanted to park the dis­cus­sion un­til af­ter the hol­i­days, but on De­cem­ber 28 Stephen tried to start the dis­cus­sion again. I said I didn’t want it to spoil the chil­dren’s Christ­mas, so Stephen stormed down­stairs. I heard him say some­thing to his chil­dren, who were watch­ing TV.”

Mrs Porter found her hus­band hanged in the gar­den shed just be­fore mid­day.

In his con­clu­sion, Mr Moore said that it was not clear that he in­tended to take his own life.

He said: “There is a pat­tern of anger, tem­per, of an ar­gu­ment with the then part­ner, which led to him go­ing off on his own.”

Af­ter the hear­ing, Mrs Porter said: “He was a very re­spected po­lice of­fi­cer.”

●● In­spec­tor Stephen Porter (left) was pre­sented with his com­men­da­tion by Chief Con­sta­ble of Greater Manch­ester Po­lice Sir Peter Fahy

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