Reading family face long wait for answers after man died in police custody

Leroy Medford
Leroy Medford

source: In Your Area News
published: 23 July 2018

A Reading family will have to wait for more than two years for answers over how a man being held in police custody died. Leroy Junior Medford, 44, of Rodney Court in Berkeley Avenue, died on Sunday, April 2, 2017, after being held in the cells at Loddon Valley Police Station in Lower Earley.

Since that point, investigations have been ongoing into what happened. At a pre-inquest hearing on Monday, July 23, it was revealed the next hearing would not be held until February 2019, with a full jury inquest to be held in Reading, Berkshire, between Monday, June 10, and Friday, June 28.

At the hearing, representatives of the various parties involved, including the Medford family and Thames Valley Police, discussed what stage the investigations were at.

The investigation is complicated by the fact Berkshire Coroner Peter Bedford is set to retire at the end of July.

All the representatives agreed it would be helpful to the investigation to meet the new Senior Coroner, Heidi Connor, before the inquest is held, which led to a further hearing being scheduled for February.

Mr Medford’s sister, Marilyn Medford-Hawkins, previously revealed the family’s frustation at the investigation, and said they would not rest until they found he truth.

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