Speaking following the murder of Salford aid worker Alan Henning, Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd said:
“People across Greater Manchester will be shocked at the murder of Alan Henning. Our thoughts are with his family and circle of loved ones at this terrible time. What they are going through is unimaginable. All we can do is express our sympathy and pledge to remember Alan for what he was – a thoroughly decent man and the kind of quiet humanitarian who makes this world a better place.
“This is murder, plain and simple. That it could be claimed to be in the name of religion is obscene and all people of faith will abhor this brutal act of cowardice.
“Alan Henning will not be forgotten – he made a difference to people’s lives and while the world is a little darker today, his commitment to the cause of humanity will last longer and burn brighter than the supposed cause of the evil men who took his life.”