Speaking on the retirement of Teesside’s Coroner, Michael Sheffield, Alex said:
“I am pleased and relieved that the Teesside Coroner has finally had the good sense to step down and make way for someone who can come in and develop the kind of service the bereaved people of Teesside deserve. For too long they had a substandard service sometimes waiting years for an inquest into the deaths of their loved ones and as a result, suffered more than they should have.
“I’m grateful to Cleveland Police and the Local Authorities who stepped in to drive the transition to a 21st century service. A statement speaks of improvement already. Now that someone else can finally come in and take over, I hope to see that built upon and that we will no longer have one of the poorest Coronial services in the country.”