Family pays tribute to ‘wonderful character’
THE family of an off-duty Cheshire police officer killed in the bombing have paid tribute to her “wonderful character”.
Elaine McIver was at the Arena with her partner, Paul, who was seriously injured in the explosion.
The family said: “Elaine was one of a kind and had an impact on so many lives. She was a friend to so many and an amazing daughter, sister and aunt. Her love for all was immense and she was like the glue that held us all together.
“Our lives have been enriched by the time that we have had with her, but they will never now be the same again. We try to take comfort from how fortunate we have been to have had her in our lives, rather than think how much of a void there will be now that she has gone.”
Elaine, 43, and Paul had been waiting in the foyer to collect his 13-year-old daughter and her friend.
Chief Constable Simon Byrne also paid tribute.
They said: “Friends who knew her well have described her as big hearted, bubbly and a positive person. We are supporting her family at this very difficult time, and will be providing support for friends and colleagues. We will not let evil win.”
Off-duty police officer Elaine McIver was killed in the blast