The Metropolitan Police Service has confirmed that specialist officers are examining an allegation relating to the tweet, which Baker posted on Wednesday. It was not clear yesterday whether officers have spoken to Baker or his representatives about the complaint. Baker, 61, who hosted a weekly show on Radio 5 Live until his sacking, has been at the centre of a race row since he posted a picture of a smartly dressed chimpanzee with the caption: “Royal baby leaves hospital.”
The tweet, which he has since been deleted, sparked outrage, with critics accusing him of likening the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s newborn son Archie to an ape.
Within hours of the post he was sacked by the BBC for his “serious error of judgement”.
The disclosure that police are examining a complaint is the latest setback for Baker who has spent the past few days trying to explain what he concedes was an “ill-advised, ill-thought-out, stupid” joke.