Cleveland Police confirm body found at coastal beauty spot was serving officer

Cleveland Police has confirmed the body of a man found was one of its serving detectives.

Friday, 4th January 2019, 2:46 pm
Updated Wednesday, 9th January 2019, 1:55 pm
Cleveland Police were called to Huntcliff in Saltburn yesterday to respond to an incident. Image copyright Google Maps.

The force has issued a statement on the discovery of a body which followed reports of an incident yesterday.

A spokeswoman said: "Yesterday afternoon officers were sent to an incident at Huntcliff in Saltburn where unfortunately a man’s body was found.

“Sadly we can also confirm that the man was a serving Cleveland Police Officer, Detective Inspector Richie Baker.

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“Richie’s family has been informed and our thoughts and sympathies are with them.

"He was 54 and he had 28 years’ service with Cleveland Police.

“Richie was part of a strong, close team and was extremely well regarded by his colleagues.

"Inquiries into the circumstances surrounding his death are on-going and officers are supporting Richie’s family and colleagues.

"His family has asked for privacy at this very difficult time and we would urge that everyone respects this.”