IPCC launches criminal inquiry after death in custody


Leon Briggs
Leon Briggs

by: The Voice Online
published: 8 November 2013

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has launched a criminal investigation following a 39-year-old man from Luton dying in police custody this week. 

Police were called to the Marsh Farm area of Luton at around 2pm on Monday, November 4, after members of the public reported concerns about the behaviour of Leon Briggs, 39.

He was detained under section 136 of the Mental Health Act and taken to a Luton police station, where he became ill. Briggs was then transferred to the Luton and Dunstable Hospital where he was subsequently pronounced dead.

IPCC investigators are carrying out house-to-house enquiries in the Marsh Road area and are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen the man’s interactions with police before he was taken into custody or at Luton police station to contact them.

IPCC Commissioner Mary Cunneen said: “Following a review of the evidence gathered so far, I have determined that this will be a criminal investigation. We will also be considering whether any potential disciplinary offences have been committed.”

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