Answers over death of Leon Briggs ‘no closer’ six months on

Six months have now passed since the death of Leon Briggs
Six months have now passed since the death of Leon Briggs

Answers surrounding the circumstances of Leon Briggs’ death are “no closer” six months on, according to campaigners.

Father-of-two Leon died on November 4 after being detained under section 136 of the Mental Health Act and taken to Luton Police Station.

Sunday marked six months since his passing and friends, family and members of the Justice 4 Leon campaign marked the day by lighting candles outside the station.

Following another pre-inquest hearing on May 1, Leon’s family have been invited to a meeting with Beds Police, council and Independent Police Complaints Commission representatives at Town Hall on May 27.

Despite this “no answers” have been provided by the IPCC, according to J4L.

Campaign spokesperson Liberty Louise said: “We’ve wanted to know why Leon was not taken to hospital in an ambulance when there was one on site and why there has been no toxicology report yet.

“This is six months after his death, it took two weeks to produce one for Peaches Geldof.

“We were told at the first public meeting with the police that everything would be out in the open but our questions have been blocked over and over again.”

Beds Police have unveiled plans for the use of body worn cameras, though J4L contends that use of the units should be non-discretionary.

Liberty Louise added: “The campaign remains strong and we will not give up until we have the right conclusions for Leon’s family.”