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Fake BTP officer jailed for 28 months

A convicted sex offender caught impersonating a BTP officer has been jailed.

A man who posed as a police officer on dating apps and the transport network has been jailed for 28 months.

Bradley Baker, 28, from Birmingham, pleaded guilty to possession of police articles and two counts of breaching a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) which was handed to him after committing three sexual offences involving children in 2018.

It followed an extensive British Transport Police investigation triggered by officers with North Wales Police.

They had received a report linking him to a separate offence and were told he was a serving BTP Special Constable based in Birmingham.

However enquiries made to BTP quickly established that Baker had never worked for the force.

When two search warrants were executed at his home, officers seized numerous police items including a warrant card badge and holder displaying ‘DC Baker’, two fake BTP warrant cards, and multiple police lanyards.

The investigation established he was using the fake warrant card to travel for free on the railway and bus networks.

Despite Baker’s efforts to throw his laptops out of a window as officers arrived, several unregistered laptops and devices were also found. This evidenced a breach of his SHPO which stated that any electrical device in his possession must be registered with police.

A laptop which was later found to be stolen from his previous job as a journalist was also recovered, as well as other amounts of cannabis.

The court heard he had posed as a police officer on dating apps and told numerous people including his ex-partner, family, and friends that he worked for BTP.

BTP Police Constable Jade Ledbrook, described Baker’s behaviour as “delusional”.

He said the offender represented a significant risk to the public:  “Sexual Harm Prevention Orders are given to protect the public, and Baker’s blatant disregard for this demonstrates his dangerous mindset.

“Had he not been stopped as a result of this extensive investigation, he could have continued to commit even further, and potentially more serious, crimes - therefore I’m pleased to see him behind bars.”

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