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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:
A report into the work done by Teesside's coroner's service has concluded that its' failings must be addressed and solved.
Up to 300 families have been kept waiting for the inquests of their loved ones to be heard.
Sue Ainsworth, who lost her son Jonathan, believes that the report shows that the families' concerns are being heard.
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.