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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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