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Detective's battle still not over.

A senior West Midland detective who won an apology from her Chief Constable still has 'a long way to go' to clear her name, a top police official has warned.

Det Chief Supt Ellie Baker planned to sue for libel over 'sex for stripes' claims which appeared on the force's internal website.

The legal action was launched after an inaccurate summary of newspaper reports was published on the police website last April.

But Det Chief Supt Baker has now accepted an apology, personally handed to her by Chief Constable Paul Scott-Lee.

Her legal action had been backed by the Police Superintendent's Association, Chief Supt Philip Alspey, deputy national secretary of the body said.

He also said it was just one of the issues being dealt with by solicitors acting for the detective who returned to work in November 2003 following a year-long suspension triggered by various allegations about her private life.

She still faces a misconduct hearing which is expected to be heard in March or April.

Chief Supt Alspey said: 'There are a number of matters outstanding, of which the defamation was one of them. The force is convening a disciplinary hearing. We are expecting to contend that and we have instructed lawyers to act on her behalf. There is still a long way to go.'

Ms Baker, who was former Head of Crime Support at the force, was removed from her post in November 2002 but has since returned to other duties.

A West Midlands Police spokeswoman confirmed: 'An apology has been given to Chief Supt Baker regarding an entry on the force Intranet site.'
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