originally by: The IPCC
published: 8 November 2013
The IPCC’s investigation into the death of a man detained by Bedfordshire Police in Luton is progressing.The deceased has been identified as 39-year-old Leon Briggs whose family lived locally.
On Monday 4 November, Bedfordshire Police officers attended the junction of Marsh Road and Willow Way. Mr Briggs was restrained and taken to Luton police station. The IPCC has been informed by police that he was detained under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act.
Following a referral from Bedfordshire Police, the IPCC immediately declared an independent investigation and investigators were deployed.
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 are still in the early stages of this investigation and it is important that we do not pre-judge the findings. However, at this stage we believe there is an indication that potential criminal offences may have been committed including gross negligence and/or unlawful act manslaughter, misconduct in public office, and/or offences under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
“We will also be considering whether any potential disciplinary offences have been committed”.