UPDATED: The Met Police today ( May 23) dropped charges against Darren Laverty for stalking Esther Baker and a woman journalist and abandoned the case against Simon Just who was arrested on suspicion of stalking following advice from the Crown Prosecution Service. A statement from the CPS said: “Following a review of additional evidence received from the police, we have concluded that there is no longer a realistic prospect of conviction, and will not be pursuing the case.The court and the parties involved have been informed.”
The Met Police this morning arrested a 51 year old man in Kendal after obtaining a warrant to search his property under the Harassment Act.
A statement from the Met Police said : “Officers from the Metropolitan Police Service carried out a warrant under the harassment act at an address in Kendal, Cumbria, on the morning of Wednesday, 4 January.
Police arrested a 51-year-old man on suspicion of stalking.
He was taken to a police station in Cumbria for questioning.
He has been bailed to return on a date in mid-May.”
I understand the man arrested was Simon Just and the person who was being allegedly stalked was Esther Baker, who has publicly disclosed that she is an abuse survivor.
The arrest comes while there is a separate police investigation by Staffordshire Police into historic child sex abuse allegations involving the abuse of Esther Baker and other people. Staffordshire Police have referred the investigation to the Crown Prosecution Service.
In a separate move earlier another man – understood to be Darren Laverty – has also been arrested and charged with stalking Esther Baker and another woman, a journalist.