Police pledge to reduce length of inquests across the Teesside area

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POLICE force bosses have pledged to reduce the length of time it takes to hear inquests.

Chief Constable of Cleveland Police Jacqui Cheer has completed a review process into the coroner’s service on Teesside.

One of the aims of the yet-to-be-published review was to improve the length of time grieving families have to wait to find out how their loved ones have died.

Chief Con Cheer said before any changes are implemented, the outcomes of the review are to be discussed with other agencies involved in the inquest process to ensure the proposals are efficient for all concerned.

She said: “What I’d like to do is update families and the people in Teesside with how we’re progressing with the changes we need to make in the coroner’s service to ensure we deal with things in a more timely way and that we keep the bereaved families at the centre of everything we do.”