Police restraint contributed to Leon Briggs death, jury finds

Leon Briggs vigil

source: The Guardian
published: 12 March 2021

The way in which police officers restrained a man with drug-induced psychosis “more than minimally” contributed to his death in Luton in 2013, an inquest jury in Milton Keynes has found by unanimous verdict.

Leon Briggs, a 39-year-old father of two of mixed ethnic background, was a lorry driver and also taught computer skills to older people. His family described him as “a loving brother and father, caring and genuine”.

He was detained under the Mental Health Act and taken to Luton police station on 4 November 2013. Briggs died about two hours later at Luton & Dunstable hospital as a result of “amphetamine intoxication in association with prone restraint and prolonged struggling”, with a secondary cause of heart disease, the senior coroner Emma Whitting has previously said.

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Watchdog drops probe of officers over Anthony Grainger shooting

Anthony Grainger
Anthony Grainger

source: Manchester Evening News
published: 3 February 2021

The police watchdog has dropped an investigation into three former senior Greater Manchester Police officers over their ‘command and control’ of an armed operation during which a father-of-two was shot dead.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said today two of three independent investigations arising from the fatal shooting of Anthony Grainger it launched have now concluded.

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National Family Fund 2nd funding round (+ UFFC Gift Grants) opens

NATIONAL MEMORIAL FAMILY FUND 2nd fund roundsource: 4WardEverUK
published: 7 December 2020

4WardEverUK are extremely pleased to announce (following Round 1 Grants), the second round of National Memorial Family Fund grants opened on 7 December 2020 (We are also administering the UFFC Children’s Christmas Gift Fund) which families can also apply to.

Important: Affected families and/or campaign groups will need to be registered on the NMPMFF website before applying for grants from the fund – various partners are available to assist with applications.

The second Family Fund round officially opened on 7 December 2020 and will close on 7 February 2021.

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