source: Sunderland Echo
published: 3 September 2014
The family of a dad who died in police custody has welcomed the launch of a support project for bereaved relatives as they face inquest hearings.
The Coroner’s Support Service for County Durham and Darlington is one of the first in the country to provide help for families as they hear about the last hours of their loved ones’ lives.
The pilot scheme run by Victim Support has helped more than 100 family members and witnesses in its first month, with HM Senior Coroner for County Durham and Darlington, Andrew Tweddle, praising the move.
The project, was set up by Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg following the lack of support provided to a family of a prisoner who had died in custody.