Flags at police buildings across Greater Manchester have been lowered as the region mourns the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela.
The flags will be flown at half mast on Friday 6 December, and on the day of Mr Mandela’s funeral.
Tony Lloyd, Greater Manchester’s Police Commissioner, and Deputy Commissioner Jim Battle said:
“Flags are being lowered at police stations across Greater Manchester as a mark of respect, remembering and celebrating the life and legacy of one of the true giants of modern times – Nelson Mandela.
“Nelson Mandela brought hope to millions. He was a great man, but he was also a powerful symbol of what’s possible when good people stand against injustice. He had a simple message of freedom, tolerance and equality but it was a message that burned brightly, not just in South Africa but across the world – and in the hearts of the people of Greater Manchester.
“In any corner of the globe, where people live in oppression or fear they can look to his example and what he achieved and know that freedom is not some distant pipe dream, but a fundamental right that is in everyone’s grasp.
“The world has lost a great man, but his will be a legacy that will endure forever. We will miss him, but never forget him.”
Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy added:
“Many of the incidents we deal with as police officers involve people who are driven by hatred, anger or a thirst for revenge.
“Nelson Mandela gave an incredible example of forgiveness, lack of bitterness and the drive to make the future better for people who have suffered oppression.
“We have lowered the flags to show our respect for such a powerful example of humanity.”