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'Abuse' inquiry 'in early stages'

Published 26/05/2015

Police vowed to protect the anonymity of plaintiffs
Police vowed to protect the anonymity of plaintiffs

Detectives are investigating claims a woman was sexually abused as uniformed police officers stood guard.

Staffordshire Police said it is "in the early stages" of an inquiry following allegations by Esther Baker.

The 32-year-old, who waived her right to anonymity, claimed in an interview with Sky News that uniformed police were present on occasions when she was abused as a girl in the 1980s and 90s.

She also alleged that a politician abused her.

Ms Baker said that she decided to speak about her experiences in the hope of finding other victims or the police officers who were involved.

Ms Baker said: "There were a few occasions where they would be in uniform and I kind of knew, I learnt that when they were in uniform that it was going to be a rough night."

She added: "I always swore I would never go near the police again - never ... but I have hid it for 20 years, that has not worked, that hasn't taken the fear away - I have got nothing to lose any more."

Jon Drake, a ssistant chief constable at Staffordshire Police, said: " Staffordshire Police is in the early stages of investigating a number of very serious allegations from the 1980s and 90s.

"Specially trained officers are carrying out a number of interviews with the victim to build up an understanding of what took place, and her recollections of all those involved.

"We are determined to thoroughly gather any evidence which will allow us to bring those who may have been involved to justice, while taking a sensitive approach to supporting the victim throughout.

"We will continue to interview her over the coming days, recognising the horrific nature of what we are investigating. To be clear, regardless of role, anyone who has been involved in criminal offences will be investigated to provide justice for the victim."

He said child abuse is a "terrible crime", adding: " We are keen to hear from anyone who knows more about the allegations, or any other victim of child sexual abuse, and they can contact the police through 101, or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

"In this specific case the victim has made the decision to waive her right to anonymity. Staffordshire Police wants to reassure anyone who has been a victim of any form of child or sexual abuse that their anonymity will be protected."

Sky News said that the politician who Ms Baker alleges abused her is not from Staffordshire and "is from the current political era".

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