Teesside inquests report

Recommendations into how the coroner's service on Teesside could be improved will be looked at today. The council is expected to publish a report that aims to reduce how long families wait for inquests.

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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:

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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.

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