Mayor calls for Teesside coroner to resign

A meeting is being held at Middlesbrough Council to discuss the latest developments in the case of coroner Michael Sheffield.

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Call for Teesside's coroner to resign

The Mayor of Middlesbrough, Ray Mallon, says Teesside's coroner should resign with immediate effect claiming the public have lost confidence in him.

At any one time 300 families are waiting to hear how their loved ones died because of a delay to inquests.

Mr Mallon says Michael Sheffield has outstayed his welcome and that he should apologise for any pain caused to grieving families.

Middlesbrough mayor calls on coroner to resign

Middlesbrough Mayor Ray Mallon has called for Teesside's coroner Michael Sheffield to resign, saying that he has brought the service "into disrepute."

It comes after a report found that there was a backlog of up to three hundred inquests at any one time and that the time families had to wait to find out how their loved ones had died was much higher than the national average.

Ray Mallon also revealed that he had had two private meetings with Michael Sheffield last month, and said that it was regrettable that he has been forced to make this public.

For the full report on this story you can watch our programme at six o'clock.

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Council meet to discuss future of coroner's service

A meeting is being held this lunchtime about the future of the coroner's service on Teesside.

Coroner Michael Sheffield has been heavily criticised for having a backlog of up to three hundred inquests at any one time.

Families have to wait on average 44 weeks to find out why their loved ones died - which is much higher than the national average.

Last week, the Chief Constable of Cleveland police, who staff his office, apologised for the pain that has been caused to grieving families.

Jacqui Cheer is going to put in extra staff after Christmas to temporarily clear the backlog.

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