April 2022

Paedophile who posed as police officer on dating apps and trains locked up

A convicted paedophile who posed as a police officer on dating apps and used a fake warrant card to travel for free has been jailed for two years

Bradley Baker falsely told his ex-partner, family and friends that he worked for the British Transport Police.

The 28-year-old from Birmingham first came to the attention of officers after North Wales Police received a report linking him to a separate offence.

He was reported as a serving BTP special constable based in Birmingham, but it was soon established that Baker had never worked for the force.

He was arrested after police raided his home in Kenilworth Road and seized numerous items of police uniform including a warrant card badge and holder displaying ‘DC Baker’, two fake BTP warrant cards, and several police lanyards.

Baker tried to throw his laptops out of a window as officers arrived but several unregistered laptops and devices were also found which showed he had breached a Sexual Harm Prevention Order that any electrical device in his possession must be registered with police.

That order had been handed to him after he committed three sex offences involving children in 2018.

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

Baker pleaded guilty to possession of police articles, theft by employee, two counts of possession cannabis and two counts of breaching the Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

He was sentenced to 28 months in prison at Birmingham Crown Court on Friday.