Luton Police Station death: 25-year-old man named as Istiak Yusuf

Istiak Yusuf, 25, died whilst being held at Luton Police Station on Saturday
Istiak Yusuf, 25, died whilst being held at Luton Police Station on Saturday

The Luton man who died in a police cell on Saturday morning has been named by his family as Istiak Yusuf.

The 25-year-old, who lived at Purley Centre with his wife and 6-month-old baby girl, collapsed at Luton Police Station following an arrest on allegations of domestic violence.

Luton Police Station, Buxton Road

Luton Police Station, Buxton Road

Police say that the 25-year-old “became ill” and died in his cell.

Attiq Malik, speaking on behalf of Mr Yusuf’s family, has today told the Luton News that the 25-year-old had no known medical conditions at the time of the incident.

Mr Malik said: “Mr Yusuf was arrested shortly before 9am on Saturday morning and within a couple of hours her passed out in the cell.

“Emergency services were called and he was pronounced dead there.

“We still don’t know exactly what happened as the IPCC have secured the area and that restricts access to CCTV and other things.

“No-one was aware of any previous medical conditions and it comes as a massive shock.”

Mr Yusuf’s death was referred to the IPCC at 1.45pm on Saturday.

The death comes 18 months after father-of-two Leon Briggs died at the station, after being detained under the Mental Health Act.

Mr Malik added: “This could be innocent and a coincidence but I know the people of Luton are extremely concerned about this given what happened with Leon Briggs.

“At this stage the family just want answers.”

Beds Police deputy chief constable Jon Boutcher has said that “there is nothing to suggest” police involvement in the death of Mr Yusuf.

Mr Boutcher added: “The IPCC was informed of the incident, as is procedure when a person dies who has been in recent contact with the police. An independent investigation in to the circumstances surrounding this death has been launched.

“No further details will be released in relation to the deceased until a formal inquest has been opened.

“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 on-going 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.

“As there will be an IPCC independent investigation in to the circumstances surrounding this death it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”