UK: Met Police Refuse To Open Investigation Into Criminal Trans Activist Who Called For Violence Against Women

The London Metropolitan Police are refusing to open an investigation into an infamous trans activist who publicly called for violence against women critical of gender ideology at a Trans Pride rally in London yesterday. Sarah Jane Baker, born Alan Baker, is a convicted kidnapper, torturer, and murderer.

Baker is known for being the UK’s longest serving trans-identified prisoner, having spent 30 years incarcerated for multiple violent crimes. Baker was initially sentenced to 9 years for kidnapping and torturing his stepmother’s brother, but, while in prison, he received additional time for attempting to murder a cellmate.

In 2013, he made headlines when he began identifying as a woman, costing taxpayers £10,000 (approx. $12,800 USD) for what media referred to as a “sex change.”

Since his release, Baker has become a vocal trans activist and regularly attends trans rights protests in the UK. During the Trans Pride rally in London yesterday, Baker took to the stage and encouraged violence against feminists who oppose gender ideology.

“If you see a TERF punch them in the fucking face,” Barker said, to a cheering crowd of trans activists. “TERF,” an acronym which stands for “trans exclusionary radical feminist,” is considered by many to be a derogatory term, and has often been used to justify violence against women who oppose gender ideology.

Many women were disturbed by the apparent incitement to violence, and one concerned Mumsnet user reported Barker to the Metropolitan Police in hopes they would launch an investigation into Baker’s statement.

But the user reported that the response she received from the Met was outright dismissive of her report. The user uploaded screenshots of the email she received, in which an officer named Daniel Warner stated that he did not believe it was appropriate to progress the report further as Barker was protected under freedom of expression laws.

“The crowd that were being spoken to were there for PRIDE day in London and were there for the purposes of expressing their support for LGBTQ+ members,” Warner wrote, adding that Baker may have violated Public Order Act Section 5. The section stipulates that a person may be guilty of harassment or abuse if they use threatening words or behavior. “I do not believe that this is proportionate to progress any further.”

According to the UK’s Equality Human Rights Commission (EHRC), freedom of expression protects a citizen’s rights to hold their own opinions and to express them freely without government interference. However, according to the EHRC “freedom of expression does not protect expression which seeks to incite violence, hatred or discrimination against others.”

This is not the first time Baker has come to widespread concern for issuing violent threats against gender critical women.

In June of 2021, Baker was photographed at London’s Pride Parade holding a sign which read “Be Trans, Do Crime.” A sign in an identical style reading “Kill JK Rowling” was placed on the Bomber Command Memorial. The similarities in the signage, including that both were made with red spray paint, prompted speculation that Baker was responsible for the death threat.

In February of 2023, Baker was involved in a protest opposing a women’s rights conference held at University College London.

The following month, he was seen protesting the launch of a lesbian rights organization called The Lesbian Project. Trans activists took issue with the group as they rejected gender ideology and defined lesbians as “same sex attracted females.” Baker was caught on video hurling insults at a bystander who was passing the protest. When the man reported Barker to police who were at the scene, they refused to intervene.

Baker is particularly focused on the rights of trans-identified males in custody and has published a book about his experience being housed in the male prison estate. He has spoken out about how he cut off his own testicles in 2017 while in custody.

“There was so much blood, I nearly died. But it meant the clinic had to give me [estrogen],” Baker said in an interview.

Since his release, Baker has founded a campaign group called the Transgender Prisoner Alliance, which aims to help male criminals be moved into women’s prisons if they identify as transgender.

The Met’s decision not to investigate Baker for inciting violence against women comes in stark contrast to the harsh prosecution of so-called “hate speech” in the UK.

In May, Reduxx and The Publica issued a joint report revealing that a woman had been summoned for an interview by Derbyshire Police over alleged “transphobic” behavior while she was admitted to Chesterfield Royal Hospital on mental wellness concerns.

Last year, women’s rights campaigner Kellie-Jay Keen was visited by Wiltshire Police for making “untoward” comments about pedophiles during one of her popular YouTube live streams.

Most infamously, a mother was arrested in front of her children and held in police detention for 7 hours after being reported for ‘dead-naming’ a trans-identified male online in 2019. In addition to her arrest, Kate Scottow had her electronic devices seized and held by police for months after being released from custody.

EDITOR’S NOTE 07/12/23: After facing sustained backlash, the Met revised their decision not to investigate Baker and opened an inquiry into his apparent threats against women critical of gender ideology. Baker has since been arrested on suspicion of inciting violence.

Reduxx was unable to reach a Met press representative for comment, but this Note may be updated in the event a response is received.

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Shay Woulahan

Shay is a writer and social media content creator for Reduxx. She is a proud lesbian activist and feminist who lives in Northern Ireland with her partner and their four-legged, fluffy friends.

Shay Woulahan
Shay Woulahan
Shay is a writer and social media content creator for Reduxx. She is a proud lesbian activist and feminist who lives in Northern Ireland with her partner and their four-legged, fluffy friends.