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Police Chief Constable says sorry to family

The Chief Constable of Bedfordshire police has apologised to the family of an autistic man from Luton who the family says was assaulted by officers.

In a private meeting with Colette Paul the family of Faruk Ali were able to share their concerns at the highest level.

The Chief Constable spoke to ITV News Anglia's Jonathan Wills after the meeting. Click above to watch the interview.

Police Chief apologises to family of autistic man

The Chief Constable of Bedfordshire Police has apologised for the distress caused to an autistic man in Luton, whose family say was assaulted by police officers outside his own home.

Colette Paul's first words fell short of admitting any responsibility, because an investigation into what actually happened is still in progress. But she says she is listening to the family and the community.

Click above to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson.


Chief Constable meets family of man with autism

Colette Paul, Chief Constable of Bedfordshire police

Bedfordshire's Chief Constable is to meet with the family of a man with autism, to discuss their concerns over the way he's been treated by police.

The family of Faruk Ali claim he was assaulted by officers outside his home in Luton last month. There were angry scenes at a public meeting last week.

Public meeting in Luton Credit: ITV News Anglia

Bedfordshire Police said it's taking the matter very seriously and an investigation is underway.

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.