Tributes after detective found dead
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.