Leeds & West Yorkshire

Yorkshire coroner Peter Straker suspended

Peter Straker
Image caption Bradford council said it had asked a deputy coroner to temporarily step in to Dr Straker's role.

A coroner has been suspended after complaints were made about his conduct.

The Office for Judicial Complaints (OJC) is investigating a series of complaints about Peter Straker, coroner for West Yorkshire's western district.

Two of England's top legal officers have suspended Dr Straker while investigations take place. No details of the allegations have been released.

Bradford council said it had asked a deputy coroner to temporarily step in to Dr Straker's role.

'No impact'

A spokesman for the OJC said: "A number of complaints have been received against Coroner Peter Straker. These are being investigated.

"The Lord Chancellor and Lord Chief Justice have suspended Dr Straker from office pending the conclusion of its investigation."

The OJC said it aimed to complete investigations within 90 days. It is then up to the Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice as to whether the complaint is upheld and any disciplinary action is necessary.

A Bradford council spokesman said: "We will co-operate fully with the investigation being carried out by the Office for Judicial Complaints, which we hope will be concluded quickly. We are unable to comment further on this as the matter is under investigation.

"However, we want to reassure people that arrangements are in place to ensure that while this investigation takes place there will be no impact to the service provided by the coroner's office."

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