source: Luton Today
published: 5 June 2014
Five police officers and two detention officers remain under investigation and are “likely” to be interviewed for a third time as the IPCC continues its enquiries into the death of Leon Briggs. Father-of-two Leon, of Ashburnham Road, died after being detained under section 136 of the Mental Health Act on November 4.
Since then the IPCC has investigated the circumstances of the 39-year-old’s death, taking statements from more than 150 witnesses, more than 25 of whom saw Mr Briggs when he first had contact with police at the junction of Marsh Road and Willow Way.
IPCC Commissioner Mary Cunneen said: “Last week I met with representatives from the Luton Community Cohesion Contingency Planning Group and the Justice 4 Leon campaign to provide an update on our investigation into Leon’s death. “This follows a meeting with Leon’s family last month.
“I was pleased to have the opportunity to go through our investigation and answer any questions that they had.
“Death in custody investigations are especially complex and do take time.
“I am grateful for the patience of both Leon’s family and the community as our investigation progresses.