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Arrested man dies in police cell in Luton

2015-06-14 12:04:28

Luton Police StationThe man had been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence in Purley Centre, police say

A 25-year-old man has died in police custody in Luton.

The man was arrested at an address in the town at about 08:45 BST on Saturday and taken into custody.

Bedfordshire Police said he later became unresponsive in his cell and died, although they said there was nothing to suggest the death was caused by police action.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) was informed and has started an investigation.

Luton Police StationThe man died at Luton police station after becoming 'unresponsive' in his cell

In a statement, Bedfordshire Police said the man had been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence in Purley Centre.

Deputy Chief Constable Jon Boutcher said: "Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time and we will do all we can to co-operate with the investigation and help provide the family, the coroner and the IPCC with accurate information about how and why he tragically died.

"Without prejudice to the ongoing investigation, from what we know at this time there is nothing to suggest this tragic death was caused by any police action, but we are keeping an open mind and we are determined that a full and transparent investigation is conducted so that the causes of this sad loss can be established for the family."

Leon BriggsLeon Briggs died in hospital after becoming ill at Luton police station in 2013

The death follows that of father-of-two Leon Briggs, 39, who had been detained at the station under the Mental Health Act in November 2013.

Five officers were suspended and the case referred to the IPCC, its report has yet to be published.

IPCC Associate Commissioner Guido Liguori, who is overseeing the investigation into the death on Saturday, said: "I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the man's family following his death.

"We are in the process of making contact with them to explain our role."


Deaths in custody

  • 7,630 deaths recorded in total for the 14 years from 2000 to 2013, an average of 545 deaths each year
  • Deaths in prisons and those of patients detained under the Mental Health Act account for nearly 90% of all deaths in custody
  • In 2013/2014 there were 11 deaths in or following police custody, 68 apparent suicides following police custody and 39 other deaths following police contact

Source: Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody and the IPCC


Source: bbc.co.uk

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