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Luton man dies in police custody

Issue No. 2379

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has launched a criminal investigation into the death of 39 year old Leon Briggs in police custody on Monday of last week.

Leon was detained under the Mental Health Act and taken to Luton police station. He became ill and was taken to hospital, where he later died.

Estate agent Taylor Kay witnessed Leon’s arrest. He told the BBC, “I walked out of the shop and saw two policemen basically restraining this man on the floor. Two officers were pinning him down.

“He kept shouting, ‘The cuffs are too tight, the cuffs are too tight’, but other than that there was this constant screaming.”

The IPCC has launched a criminal investigation after reviewing CCTV footage from the custody suite at Luton police station. 

Over 200 people attended an angry meeting in Luton about Leon’s death this week.

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Tue 12 Nov 2013, 17:43 GMT
Issue No. 2379
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