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Inquiry detective gets apology
Detective Chief Superintendent Ellie Baker
Ellie Baker is understood to be taking no further action
The most senior female detective in England and Wales has received a written apology from her chief constable over false allegations made about her on a police computer.

Detective Chief Superintendent Ellie Baker returned to work at West Midlands Police in November.

She had been suspended for a year while an investigation was carried out into claims she had manipulated a pensioner into giving her gifts.

Ms Baker had begun a libel action against the force over a report taken from the Daily Mail and published on a police computer last April.

It contained the force's own inaccuracies and untrue allegations that formed no part of the investigation into the detective.

Disciplinary hearing

Her legal team have revealed that West Midlands Police have now written to Ms Baker with a statement of apology from Chief Constable Paul Scott-Lee.

"The Chief Constable unreservedly apologises to Detective Chief Superintendent Ellie Baker for the press cutting published and for any damage and distress arising from that."

Ms Baker is understood to be satisfied with his response and will take no further action.

She still faces an internal disciplinary hearing, which she is contesting.

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