IPCC stalls on Leon probe conclusions

Leon Briggs died on November 4 2013
Leon Briggs died on November 4 2013

After almost two years since it was first launched the IPCC probe into the death of Leon Briggs looks set to churn on, the Luton News can reveal.

Leon, a father-of-two from Ashburnham Road, died after he was detained by officers and taken to Luton police station under section 136 of the Mental Health Act on November 4, 2013.

Although Justice 4 Leon campaigners were previously told that a final report on the Luton man’s death would be published in March, the IPCC has now said that it is ‘not in a position’ to put a date on the probe’s conclusion.

In a letter sent to campaigners yesterday, IPCC commissioner Mary Cunneen admits a report is still in the works.

She said: “The final investigation report is in the process of being written.

“We have recently received a second draft and will now review this and begin draft conclusions.

“We are not in a position to say how long this will take.

“We are keeping Mr Briggs’ family, the coroner, Bedfordshire Police and those under investigation updated.”

Five police officers and a police detention officer remain under criminal and gross misconduct investigations following Leon’s death.

Ms Cunneen added: “Following completion of the final report, the commissioner will consider whether it is appropriate to refer the matter to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

“HM Coroner will also consider the timing of the next pre-inquest hearing and inquest.”

> Luton 4 Justice– which comprises of campaigners for Leon Briggs, Faruk Ali and Istiak Yusuf– are set to discuss all three cases at a public meeting held at Bury Park Community Centre from 6.30pm tonight.

Beds Police and the IPCC have both said they cannot send representatives due to open investigations, while Luton Borough Council leader Hazel Simmons has also told organisers she cannot attend.