Police drop investigation into Danny Baker over royal baby tweet

Police drop investigation into Danny Baker over royal baby tweet

Police have dropped an investigation into broadcaster Danny Baker over an allegedly racist tweet about the royal baby.

Baker was sacked from BBC Radio 5 Live for tweeting a joke about the Duke and Duchess Of Sussex's son featuring a picture of a chimpanzee.

His tweet came on the day Harry and Meghan, who is African-American, welcomed their first child, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor.

Scotland Yard said the force had received an allegation in relation to a tweet posted on May 8 but confirmed on Wednesday it would take no further action.

A statement said: "An allegation was received by the Metropolitan Police Service on Thursday 9 May in relation to a tweet published on 8 May.

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Danny Baker speaking at his London home after he was fired by BBC Radio 5 Live for tweeting a joke about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex�s son using a picture of a monkey.
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Danny Baker and family arrive at a Halloween party hosted by Jonathan Ross at his house in north London.
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Danny Baker, Larry Lamb, Carol Vorderman, Ant McPartlin, Scarlett Moffatt, Declan Donnelly, Martin Roberts, Sam Quek and Ola Jordan with the award for Best Challenge Show and Best TV Presenters in the press room at the National Television Awards 2017 held at the O2, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment
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Danny Baker attending the Sony Radio Academy Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
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Presenter Patrick Kielty (2nd left) with Danny Baker and his team, who won the Best Entertainment Programme Award for 'The Danny Baker Show', at the Sony Radio Academy Awards, at Grosvenor House Hotel in central London.
Guest Danny Baker during a pre-recorded interview on Christian O'Connell's Breakfast Show at Absolute Radio in Golden Square, central London to be transmitted tomorrow.
Guest Danny Baker (left) with DJ Christian O'Connell after a pre-recorded interview for O'Connell's Breakfast Show at Absolute Radio in Golden Square, central London to be transmitted tomorrow.
Guest Danny Baker during a pre-recorded interview on Christian O'Connell's Breakfast Show at Absolute Radio in Golden Square, central London to be transmitted tomorrow.
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Danny Baker arrives at a Halloween party hosted by Jonathan Ross, at his home in north London.
Presenter Rhod Gilbert (right) with Danny Baker, who won the Speech Radio Personality of the Year award, at the Sony Radio Academy Awards, at the Grosvenor House hotel in central London.
Danny Baker arriving for the Sony Radio Academy Awards, at the Grosvenor House hotel in central London.
Danny Baker with the award for Speech Radio Personality presented by Natasha Kaplinsky, at the Sony Radio Academy Awards 2011 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London
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"Having reviewed the comments made, we do not consider that a criminal threshold has been met and as such we will be taking no further action."

Baker, 61, was accused of racism after tweeting a black and white image showing a well-dressed man and woman holding hands with a suited chimpanzee, which he captioned: "Royal baby leaves hospital."

The DJ apologised for the tweet, saying it was an attempt to "lampoon privilege".

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