Trib­utes af­ter de­tec­tive found dead

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MEM­BERS of the emer­gency ser­vices have paid trib­ute to a Cleve­land Police de­tec­tive who was found dead at Hunt­cliff.

The body of 54-year-old Richie Baker was found at the Salt­burn cliffs on Thurs­day af­ter­noon af­ter of­fi­cers re­sponded to re­ports of con­cerns for the wel­fare of a man.

Since the news broke, emer­gency ser­vices around the coun­try have taken to so­cial media to pay their re­spects to Det Insp Baker, who had 28 years ser­vice with the force.

Staithes Coast­guard wrote: “A dif­fi­cult in­ci­dent for all of the emer­gency ser­vice per­son­nel in­volved, our thoughts and con­do­lences are with Richie’s fam­ily, friends and col­leagues.”

They added: “If you see any­one in dis­tress or any in­ci­dent or emer­gency on the coast, im­me­di­ately dial 999 and ask for Coast­guard.”

Red­car RNLI wrote: “A very sad out­come to the emer­gency we were called to.

“A tough af­ter­noon for RNLI, UK Coast­guard, NEAS and most of all fam­ily, friends and col­leagues in Cleve­land Police.

Thames Valley Police Fed­er­a­tion ex­pressed their con­do­lences to Det Insp Baker’s “fam­ily, friends and close col­leagues”.

Kent Police Fed­er­a­tion also paid trib­ute to him and sent their thoughts to his fam­ily and friends.

Cleve­land Police said that Det Insp Baker was “part of a strong, close team and was ex­tremely well re­garded by his col­leagues”.

In­quiries into his death are on­go­ing.

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