Inquest wait time on Teesside "will be halved"

The chief constable of Cleveland Police has taken emergency action to halve the time it takes for inquests to be held on Teesside after finding there was a backlog of hundreds.

Full report: Inquest wait time on Teesside "will be halved"

The Chief Constable of Cleveland Police has pledged to halve the time it takes for inquests to be heard on Teesside.

The coroner's service, led by Michael Sheffield, had been criticised for having a backlog of requests.

80% of cases reportedly take longer than the national average.

Now, after an independent review, recommendations will be put in place to speed up the process.

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Jacqui Cheer: "Bereaved families will be kept at centre of what we do"

The chief constable of Cleveland Police has pledged to halve the length of time it takes to hear inquests on Teesside.

There is currently a backlog of hundreds of cases, meaning many grieving families have to wait longer to find out how their loved ones died.

Jacqui Cheer said: "What I'd like to do is update families and the people in Teesside with how we're progressing with the changes we need to make in the coroner's service to ensure we deal with things in a more timely way and that we keep the bereaved families at the centre of everything we do."