Luton Police Station death: Paramedic attending Istiak Yusuf found ‘package with substances in it’

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

A paramedic found a ‘package with substances in it’ while attending a man who died in a police cell, a pre-inquest review heard this morning.

Istiak Yusuf, 25, of Purley Centre, was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence just after 8.45am on Saturday, June 13, but within hours “fell ill” and died.

At a previous pre-inquest review it was heard that the IT recruitment consultant was compliant with the arrest, and that on his arrival at Luton Police Station he advised officers that the he had been “out drinking until 2am in the morning”.

It was said that Mr Yusuf was checked on at 11.35am and found “in order” but at 11.55am his condition concerned officers and an alarm was raised.

The following day a post mortem found no suspicious injuries and the only marks present were bruising to Mr Yusuf’s mouth and chest, consistent with resuscitation efforts.

A pre-inquest review held in Ampthill this morning heard that among the potential future witnesses are a paramedic, who ‘found a ‘package with substances in it’ as he attended Mr Yusuf in his cell.

Forensic tests are now being conducted on the substances.

Rachel Patching, a representative from the IPCC, told the hearing that three interviews with officers have taken place and another five are due.

Six Beds Police officers remain under investigation over the adequacy of searches which were carried out when Mr Yusuf was placed in the cell at the police station on Buxton Road, Luton.

Three constables and two sergeants have been served misconduct notices.

A custody detention officer has also been served with a gross misconduct notice in respect of a check conducted on Mr Yusuf during his time in custody.

Senior coroner Tom Osborne said that he would examine ‘whether the required checks were made and whether the appropriate actions were taken’ by officers.

A toxicology report has not yet been completed.

A further pre-inquest hearing has been scheduled for November 19, while a jury will sit with Mr Osborne during the full inquest on December 15, 16 and 17.

Following the pre-inquest review this morning Mr Yusuf’s mother Syeda told the Luton News: “We just want justice for Istiak.

“I don’t want anyone to lose their child like this.”

Solicitor Attiq Malik, representing the Yusufs, added: “We are hoping we get a quick resolution, the family want to know the right thing was done.

“They want to know the truth.”