Teesside coroner announces retirement

The Senior Coroner for Teesside has announced his retirement. Michael Sheffield has worked with the service for more than four decades.

Teesside coroner retires after decade of criticism

Teesside's coroner has announced his retirement for the end of April.

It follows a decade of criticism that it takes too long for inquests to be heard.

There have been backlogs of around 300 families waiting to hear how their relatives died.

Today the coroner said he was going, as progress has been made in the coroner's office. But it's now emerged another complaint has been made about him in the last couple of weeks. .

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Teesside coroner announces retirement

Teesside's coroner has resigned announcing his retirement for the end of April. In a statement Michael Sheffield said his retirement "follows the implementation and satisfactory process in the increased resourcing and administration of the Teesside coroner's office."

It follows a decade of criticism that some inquests on Teesside take too long to be heard. There is still a backlog of more than 300 inquests waiting to be heard at the moment, which the Chief Constable of Cleveland Police has vowed to reduce.

Last year an investigation concluded Mr Sheffield wasn't to blame for the backlog.

He is the longest serving coroner in England and Wales having served on Teesside for more than four decades.

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