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Chief sends sympathy to bereaved family

Colette Paul
Colette Paul Credit: Bedfordshire Police

The Chief Constable of Bedfordshire has issued a statement expressing sympathy for the family of a man who died in police custody.

Colette Paul said said Bedfordshire Police had referred the case immediately to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

She added: 'We have and will do all we can to co-operate with the investigation to help provide Mr Briggs’ family, the Coroner and the IPCC with accurate information about how and why Mr Briggs died.'

Bedfordshire Police say family liaison officers are helping the Briggs family.

IPCC statement over Luton custody death

The Independent Police Complaints Commission says it will be looking into whether police officers should face criminal investigation after the death of 39-year-old Leon Briggs in custody.

At this stage we believe there is an indication that potential criminal offences may have been committed including gross negligence and/or unlawful act manslaughter, misconduct in public office, and/or offences under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974".

"We will also be considering whether any potential disciplinary offences have been committed."

– Mary Cunneen, IPCC commissioner

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Police under investigation over custody death

A police watchdog has launched a criminal investigation after a 39-year-old Luton man died in custody.

Leon Briggs, described by his family as a "kind, loyal, intelligent" father, died after being detained at Luton police station under the Mental Health Act on Monday.

Mr Briggs was arrested by officers from Bedfordshire Police when members of the public reported concerns about his behaviour. Upon falling ill, he was taken from the station to Luton and Dunstable Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police recruiting for the first time in three years

Bedfordshire Police at a crime scene

Bedfordshire Police will start recruiting new officers for the first time in three years, it was decided today. It's hoped that up to 80 new regular police officers will arrive over the course of the next 12 months.

The force opened recruiting to new Special Constables earlier this year, and a batch of new PCSOs will be hitting the streets in just two weeks’ time, after completing their training course.

Bedfordshire Chief Constable Colette Paul Credit: Bedfordshire Police

“I’m keen to recruit people as soon as we can, as our frontline resources are particularly stretched after a long period of recruitment freeze,” said Chief Constable Colette Paul. “We’ve planned in this recruitment drive by making savings elsewhere.”

Police sting catches criminals

Police set up a shop to catch criminals selling stolen goods
Police set up a shop to catch criminals selling stolen goods

Undercover police in Luton set up a second hand shop in a bid to catch criminals attempting to sell stolen goods.

The operation, codenamed ‘Generous’, ran from the shop called “This and That” based in High Town.

Seven people have already appeared in court in connection with the operation. More cases will come before the courts in the next few months.

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Bus ads to help beat burglary

Bedfordshire Police bus advert Credit: Bedfordshire Police

“Burglars beware” says Assistant Chief Constable Andrew Richer as the public and Bedfordshire Police unite to cut crime across the county.

Police and Crime Commissioner Olly Martins with ACC Andrew Richer Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Adverts telling the public ‘You lock up. We lock’em up’ are now travelling the roads of Bedfordshire to ensure everyone knows burglary is falling but that we must pull together to keep it that way.

The images of a locked door handle and handcuffs combined with the fact that burglary offences have fallen by 18% have been on show across the bus network since April 1, and are designed to remind people to lock up and look after the things they care about.

An increase in enforcement activity aimed at burglars across the county is also currently underway with those who consider buying or handling stolen goods also being targeted.

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