Beds, Herts & Bucks

Bedfordshire PCC Olly Martins to be investigated by police watchdog

Leon Briggs Image copyright Fairley
Image caption Leon Briggs was taken to hospital where he died after being held in custody

Crime commissioner for Bedfordshire Olly Martins is to be investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission over a death.

He has already been reprimanded over leaked information about Leon Briggs, 39, who died in hospital in November after being detained by police.

Now the commission has told police and the county's crime panel to refer the matter to them.

Mr Martins admitted giving information about the case to a Home Office worker.

Father-of-two Mr Briggs, of Ashburnham Road, Luton, was arrested on 4 November following concerns raised by members of the public.

Image copyright Other
Image caption PCC Olly Martins' 'leak' is to be investigated

He became ill at Luton police station and was taken to Luton and Dunstable Hospital, where he died.

An Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigation is already under way into Mr Briggs's death and seven members of Bedfordshire force staff, including five police officers, have been suspended.

Now a separate IPCC investigation will look at Mr Martins's role in the case.

More on this story