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Police boss told partner about Leon details

L13-1218 Amanda Dodwell handing petition to PCC Olly Martins, Leighton Buzzard Police station, Hockliffe road.
Amanda Devlin
JR 42
12.10.13 ENGPNL00120141002141229

L13-1218 Amanda Dodwell handing petition to PCC Olly Martins, Leighton Buzzard Police station, Hockliffe road. Amanda Devlin JR 42 12.10.13 ENGPNL00120141002141229

A Facebook question and answer session with Beds Police and Crime Commissioner Olly Martins has revealed who he told sensitive details to regarding Leon Briggs.

The PCC is being investigated over claims he told a third party about the investigation into the death of Mr Briggs while in custody in Luton in November last year.

There had been claims it was a friend from the Home Office, but Mr Martins revealed on Monday’s question time that it had been his partner.

He wrote: “One night over dinner I discussed with my partner sensitive information relating to the tragic death of Leon Briggs. I acknowledge that in doing something perfectly normal, sharing the challenges of my day with my partner, I crossed a line by discussing information I should not have done. It was never intended by me to be made public.

“The Bedfordshire Police and Crime Panel took legal advice as to whether I broke the law. On the basis of that advice they concluded I had not and therefore dealt with the matter, issuing a written reprimand.

“I am surprised therefore that the IPCC think this merits another investigation, but so as to remain open and transparent I am fully co-operating with that investigation.”

Five police staff are currently on suspension while investigations into Mr Briggs’ death take place.

 

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