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Ex-terror cop ‘cancelled his home insurance and then blew himself and his home up


A former Scotland Yard counter-terror officer suspected of killing himself in an explosion at his home reportedly cancelled his house insurance beforehand.


Retired Superintendent Malcolm Baker, 60, died earlier this month when a blaze destroyed his remote property on Exmoor.


The explosion was heard almost a mile away from the house - which had no mains gas supply - destroying the upper floor and blowing off the roof.


Mr Baker is said to have cancelled his family’s house insurance and emptied bank accounts he held with his wife Francesca Onody, 50, before the explosion, according to The Sun.


Police last night said they believe there was no third party involvement in the blast - but Mr Baker’s estranged sister said she suspected foul play.


Phillipa Baker, 62, said: ‘Malcom wouldn’t end his own life.


‘Killing himself in an explosion is absolute nonsense, it wouldn’t happen.


‘I’m absolutely positive he wouldn’t take his own life, especially in that absolutely ghastly way.


‘No he wouldn’t do that, it is absolutely odd.’


Former Met Det Chief Insp Mick Neville told The Sun the incident was 'tragic' but also seemed like a 'wicked act of spite to his his partner and children'.


Read more on dailymail.co.uk