all credits: ITV News
published: 13 January 2021
A family’s seven year wait for answers over the death of Leon Briggs after being taken into police custody has started at an inquest in Milton Keynes.
The 39-year-old father of two was detained at Luton police station in 2013. He was later found unconscious in his cell and taken to hospital where he died.
Opening the inquest in Milton Keynes, coroner Emma Whitting said no family should have to wait the length of time Leon Briggs’ family has, to learn how their loved-one died.
It was in November 2013 that Leon Briggs collapsed after being restrained and taken into custody at Luton Police Station.
He has been detained under the Mental Health Act following reports that he was behaving unusually. He was later found unresponsive in his cell and taken by ambulance to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The jury heard a written statement from Leon Briggs’ mother Margaret about his death. She said it had devastated the family, that the last seven years had been a nightmare and that she didn’t think any of them would ever be able to get over it. She also said that the wait for an inquest had added to their pain.