Luton Police Station death: ‘Nothing to suggest’ tragedy caused by officers, says deputy chief constable

Luton Police Station
Luton Police Station

Beds Police deputy chief constable Jon Boutcher has said that “there is nothing to suggest” police involvement in the death of a 25-year-old man at Luton Police Station on Saturday.

The man, who is from Luton, was arrested in Purley Centre on suspicion of domestic violence at 8.45am.

Police say that after being detained at the station on Buxton Road the 25-year-old “became ill” and died in his cell.

The incident was referred to the IPCC at 1.45pm.

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

Deputy chief constable Jon Boutcher said: “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.”