Tributes have been flooding out from police officers after a serving detective inspector from Cleveland Police was found dead followers reports of concerns for welfare for the man.
The body of 54-year-old Richie Baker was found at the cliffs of Huntcliff in Saltburn last Thursday afternoon.
DI Baker had 28 years service with Cleveland Police and the force released a statement saying that the officer was “extremely well regarded by his colleagues”.
One officer, who asked not to be named, told Emergency Services News:
“Richie was one of the real good guys – he was hugely respected and well regarded by his colleagues”.
A spokesperson for Cleveland Police said:
“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.
“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 ongoing 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.”
On the day that DI Baker was found, a Coastguard Helicopter was seen scanning the cliffs nearby.
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