Plans to axe armed police officers at British force scrapped in wake of Charlie Hebdo massacre

Greater Manchester Police bosses have scrapped plans to axe 25 firearms officers following the terror attack in Paris.

Senior officers met within hours of the massacre at the offices of French magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday where a dozen people, including two police officers, were killed.

The two masked gunmen, armed with assault rifles, had forced their way into the building on Wednesday, shooting dead the editor Stephane Charbonnier, his police guard and nine other members of staff. As they fled in a waiting black car, they opened fire at police and shot dead an officer in the street…