Coroner Says More Will Die Unless Police Get Better Training Eight Years After Death Of Father Of Two, 39, Who Had Been Restrained Face Down By Officers

Coroner Emma Whitting warned restraint training is still dangerously inadequate

  • She made comment in public report known as a Report to Prevent Future Deaths

  • Review was launched following inquest into death of 39-year-old Leon Briggs

  • Mr Briggs died in November 2013 after being detained under Mental Health Act

  • Death found to be due to amphetamine intoxication along with prone restraint

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    A coroner has warned more people will die unless police get better training on how to deal with those suffering a mental health crisis following the death of a father-of-two who was restrained face-down by officers.

    Senior coroner Emma Whitting warned police restraint training is still dangerously inadequate eight years on from the death of Leon Briggs. 

    Mr Briggs, 39, died in November 2013 after being detained under the Mental Health Act and restrained face-down by Bedfordshire Police officers in a manner which an inquest jury found 'more than minimally contributed to his death'.

    The medical cause of the 39-year-old's death was found to be amphetamine intoxication in association with prone restraint and prolonged struggling, with a secondary factor of ischaemic heart disease.

    But in review aiming to highlight how authorities could prevent similar types of deaths in the future, Ms Whitting has warned that more people could die because of 'insufficient' national guidance for police and paramedics on caring for patients detained under the Mental Health Act.

    Ms Whitting said in her Report To Prevent Future Deaths: 'It was clear from the evidence heard at the inquest that there remains insufficient or inadequate instruction of both police and ambulance crew about the critical issues of recognising and responding to a medical emergency and the effects of restraint including positional asphyxia.

    Senior coroner Emma Whitting warned police restraint training is still dangerously inadequate eight years on from the death of Leon Briggs (pictured)

    Senior coroner Emma Whitting warned police restraint training is still dangerously inadequate eight years on from the death of Leon Briggs (pictured)

    Mr Briggs, 39, died in November 2013 after being detained under the Mental Health Act and restrained face-down by Bedfordshire Police officers (pictured: CCTV image of the incident) in a manner which an inquest jury found 'more than minimally contributed to his death'

    Mr Briggs, 39, died in November 2013 after being detained under the Mental Health Act and restrained face-down by Bedfordshire Police officers (pictured: CCTV image of the incident) in a manner which an inquest jury found 'more than minimally contributed to his death'

    'In my opinion there is a risk that future deaths will occur unless action is taken.'

    Ms Whitting said emergency services workers need to be clearly instructed and trained to undertake a risk assessment of mental health patients to ensure they are taken to hospital if needed.

    Mental Health Crisis Concordat Strategic Group (MHCCC) policymakers should engage with safety experts to reform the Section 136 Multi-Agency Policy, the report said.

    Ms Whitting added that Mr Briggs' death was also precipitated by the fact that officers failed to react quickly when he became unresponsive in the cell.

    Summing up expert advice given at the inquest, she said: 'Even if action only had been taken at the point that Leon had become unconscious, the relatively simple steps of placing him in the recovery position in the cell and starting CPR whilst awaiting emergency help, on the balance of probabilities, would have resulted in his survival.

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