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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. .

Watch Frances Read's report here:

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.


Full report: Teesside coroner's office investigated

A panel investigating the coroner's service on Teesside has said that grieving families must be told how their loved ones died as quickly as possible.

Eighty per cent of inquests there take longer than the national average.

Up to three hundred families are being kept waiting at any one time.

The panel says the coroner, Michael Sheffield - and Cleveland Police - should recognise the failings, and act upon them.

You can watch the full report from Frances Read below:

Scrutiny committee look to resolve inquest delays

A review of the service was launched after pressure to review a backlog of inquests in the Teesside area. Credit: ITV

The Community Safety Panel has been meeting in Middlesbrough this morning to discuss the findings of their report into inquest on Teesside.

The Scrutiny Panel are looking at ways to speed up the process after it was discovered some families have waited up to two years for their inquest to be heard.