Search is on for a new coroner

Blackpool coroner Anne Hind
Blackpool coroner Anne Hind
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Blackpool looks set to retain its own coroner after a proposal for a single Lancashire coroner was rejected by council leaders.

The town’s current coroner, Anne Hind, is set to retire after nine years and the council must find a replacement within the next three months.

At a meeting of Blackpool Council’s executive committee, it was agreed to have the chief officers’ employment committee begin the search for a new one.

Leader of the council, Coun Simon Blackburn told the meeting a proposal had come from neighbouring coroners’ offices that suggested that instead of retaining a Blackpool coroner, a single office for the county should be employed.

However he said: “I am always keen to look at different ways of making better use of public funds, but I don’t think this would be a responsible thing to do.

“The coroner system is already under considerable pressure as it is.

“To have one central coroner would cause unacceptable delays.”

He said Blackpool has a high proportion of deaths which needed investigation compared to other areas of the county and having to go to another town for coroner services would impose an unacceptable delay on grieving families.

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