Calls for coroner's resignation

The mayor of Middlesbrough has written to the justice secretary, appealing for the government to make Teesside's coroner resign.

Full Report: Middlesbrough's mayor calls for government help to force coroner to resign

The mayor of Middlesbrough has written to the justice secretary, appealing for the government to make Teesside's coroner resign - and ITV News has had exclusive access to the letter.

There have been repeated calls for Michael Sheffield to step down, after it was found that the Teesside coroner's service had up to 300 families waiting for inquests at any one time.

However, the coroner says the backlog has been reduced and the service is now progressing well.

Watch the full report from Frances Read below.

Mallon asks Greyling to intervene on Teesside coroner

The mayor of Middlesbrough, Ray Mallon, has written to the Justice Secretary appealing for the government to make Teesside's coroner resign.

ITV News has had exclusive access to the letter which asks Mr Grayling to secure Mr Sheffield's removal from office.

"Mr Sheffield is accountable to no-one. And what I want Mr Grayling to do is intervene and remove him from his post immediately.

"It's the case that people have got to move on. He's been there over 40 years, and what I'd like to see is somebody new come in with new ideas."

– Ray Mallon, Mayor of Middlesbrough

There have been repeated calls for Michael Sheffield to step down, after it was found that the Teesside coroner's service had up to 300 families waiting for inquests at any one time.

Mr Sheffield had written to police requesting more resources, as the force staffs part of the coroner's service.

Since a review by the local council Cleveland Police have put in more staff, temporarily, and that backlog has now been reduced.

Another review by the probation service is underway and the force has promised to stick to the recommendations it makes.

"We are just over one month into the review and it is progressing well.

"We have seen a reduction in the backlog, and the staff within the office continue to work hard to deliver the service that supports bereaved families on Teesside."

– oint statement from Teesside's coroner's service and Cleveland Police

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