Deaths reported to a coroner
The role of the Coroner is to investigate and record the causes and circumstances of all sudden deaths where the cause is:
- Not known, or
- Violent, or
- Unnatural, or
- Occurred when the deceased was in custody
The Coroner is an independent judicial officer.
Herefordshire Coroner's Service
The Herefordshire Coroner is HG Mark Bricknell.
The Assistant Coroner is Roland JT Wooderson.
They are supported by:
Alison Ball - Coroner's Clerk, telephone 01432 261813, email firstname.lastname@example.org, hours 8.30am to 12.30pm.
Maggie Oliver - Coroner's Officer, telephone 01432 347178, email email@example.com, hours 8.30am to 12.30pm.
Nigel Phillips - Coroner's Officer, telephone 01432 347351, email firstname.lastname@example.org, hours 8.30am to 12.30pm.
The postal address is Coroner's Office, Town Hall, St Owen Street, Hereford HR1 2PJ.
Outside of the hours set out above any sudden violent and unexpected deaths or any emergency to do with the Coroner’s service may be reported through any police officer.
The Herefordshire Coroner sits at the Town Hall, Hereford. He considers deaths in Herefordshire that are reported to him. Of the 2,000 or so deaths in the county each year approximately half are referred to the Coroner for consideration, some will necessitate a post mortem.
Of the cases referred, the Coroner will typically open an inquest in over 100 cases each year.
The Coroner endeavours to establish how the deceased died. Often this will be useful in understanding whether safe procedures or practices have been followed or can be improved.
The Coroner meets regularly with representatives from business, the police and hospitals to discuss ways in which deaths can be prevented or their number reduced, frequently using the knowledge gained from the inquest process. This leads to the adoption of new practices both within organisations and in our daily lives.
The Coroner therefore while endeavouring to provide a compassionate service for the bereaved very much exists for the benefit of the living.
If you would like more information on the role of a coroner and what to expect during a coroner's investigation, you can download the Ministry of Justice Guide to Coroner Services (pdf).
Details of deaths referred to the Coroner, inquest hearings and conclusions are listed below.
Inquests may be listed at short notice and may not always appear on this page. If you are expecting an inquest to be listed and it does not appear please telephone or email the Coroner's office using the contact details above.
Opening of inquests and investigations in the current and previous month
|Date||Venue||Name of deceased||Age at death||Hearing type|
|4 August 2021||Town Hall, Hereford||Wilby Wayne Cryer||2 days||Investigation|
|4 August 2021||Town Hall, Hereford||Nathan John Greenhouse||42 years||Investigation|
|18 August 2021||Town Hall, Hereford||Sebastian James Herbert||52 years||Investigation|
|3 September 2021||Town Hall, Hereford||Raymond Anthony Banfield||81 years||Inquest|
|3 September 2021||Town Hall, Hereford||Susan Penelope Legge||44 years||Inquest|
|3 September 2021||Town Hall, Hereford||Lukasz Klyz||37 years||Investigation|
|3 September 2021||Town Hall, Hereford||Mark Edward Lunt||51 years||Investigation|
|8 September 2021||Town Hall, Hereford||Shirley Christina Billing||87 years||Inquest|
|8 September 2021||Town Hall, Hereford||Pamela Beryl Potter||68 years||Inquest|
|13 September 2021||Town Hall, Hereford||Alison Margaret Morris||57 years||Inquest|
|13 September 2021||Town Hall, Hereford||Paul Haydn Morris||70 years||Inquest|
|15 September 2021||Town Hall, Hereford||Julian Geoffrey Mortimer||62 years||Inquest|
|22 September 2021||Town Hall, Hereford||Phillip John Ashton||74 years||Inquest|
Inquest and pre-inquest review hearings
|Date||Time||Venue||Name of deceased||Age at death||Place of death|
|27 September 2021||10am||Town Hall. Hereford||Adam Richard Wells||32 years||County Hospital, Hereford|
|29 September 2021||10am||Town Hall, Hereford||Godfrey Edward Morgan||79 years||Hereford|
|11 October 2021||10am||Town Hall, Hereford||Frederick Harry Pedlar||74 years||Hereford|
|11 October 2021||11am||Town Hall, Hereford||Anthony John Hunt||77 years||County Hospital, Hereford|
|13 October 2021||10am||Town Hall, Hereford||Christoper John Lawson||72 years||Turkey|
|13 October 2021||11.30am||Town Hall, Hereford||Danielle Llewellyn||36 years||Leominster|
|14 and 15 October 2021||10am||Town Hall, Hereford||Brandon Mark Mortlock||16 years||Hereford|
|18 October 2021||10am||Town Hall, Hereford||Bernard Goldstone||73 years||County Hospital, Hereford|
|20 October 2021||10am||Town Hall, Hereford||Karen Evans||61 years||Bromyard|
|20 October 2021||11am||Town Hall, Hereford||Steven Leslie Rooke||55 years||Pre Inquest Review|
|1 November 2021||10.30am||Town Hall, Hereford||Gary John Wyatt||54 years||Ross-on-Wye|
|1 November 2021||11am||Town Hall, Hereford||Marc James De Jersey-Lowney||48 years||Hereford|
|3 November 2021||10am||Town Hall, Hereford||Gavin James Butler||43 years||Leominster|
Recent deaths referred to the Coroner
|Date referred||Name||Date of death|
|1 September 2021||Fredrick Walton||31 August 2021|
|1 September 2021||Jeremy Paul Mace||29 August 2021|
|2 September 2021||Victor Townsend||30 August 2021|
|2 September 2021||Timothy John Matthews||29 August 2021|
|2 September 2021||John Cartwright||31 August 2021|
|2 September 2021||Barbara Wiggins||28 August 2021|
|3 September 2021||Rita Pressnell||31 August 2021|
|6 September 2021||Betty Wood||4 September 2021|
|6 September 2021||Ronald Sydney Loft||5 September 2021|
|6 September 2021||Jean Margaret Barber||6 September 2021|
|7 September 2021||Herbert Collins||7 September 2021|
|7 September 2021||Tony Jones||6 September 2021|
|7 September 2021||June Cumbes||2 September 2021|
|7 September 2021||Patricia O'Donnell||1 September 2021|
|7 September 2021||Keith Robert Reed||7 September 2021|
|8 September 2021||Roger Gwynne Jones||5 September 2021|
|9 September 2021||Eileen Powell||2 September 2021|
|13 September 2021||Joan Cogzell||9 September 2021|
|14 September 2021||Brian Hill||13 September 2021|
|14 September 2021||Frances Ann Brant||7 September 2021|
|14 September 2021||Ian Charles Frederick Kirkham||11 September 2021|
|15 September 2021||Elaine Gregory||12 September 2021|
|15 September 2021||Miriam Whiting||13 September 2021|
|15 September 2021||Marjorie Dudfield||14 September 2021|
|16 September 2021||Judy Kramer||11 September 2021|
|16 September 2021||Jeffrey Spinks||12 September 2021|
|16 September 2021||John Hollywell||10 September 2021|
|16 September 2021||Derek William Robinson||15 September 2021|
|16 September 2021||Mark Cropper||16 September 2021|
|17 September 2021||Veronica Scott||15 September 2021|
|17 September 2021||Ashley Rees||13 September 2021|
|17 September 2021||Nancy Booton||14 September 2021|
|20 September 2021||Geoffrey Alan Lewis||17 September 2021|
|21 September 2021||Paul Henry Scudamore||18 September 2021|
|21 September 2021||Rachel Mary Shortt||21 September 2021|
|21 September 2021||Caroline Elizabeth Kenney||20 September 2021|
Inquest conclusions in the current and previous month
|Name of deceased||Date of conclusion||Conclusion|
|Philip Howard Jenkins||2 August 2021||Narrative|
|Jennifer May Turpin||4 August 2021||Accidental death|
|Derek Worthington||6 August 2021||Natural causes|
|Joe Lawrence Ludlow Skidmore||9 August 2021||Drug related|
|Joshua William Hodges||9 August 2021||Narrative|
|Courtney Vaughan Parker||11 August 2021||Open|
|Michael George Knowles||13 August 2021||Accidental death|
|Christopher Paul Michael||16 August 2021||Drug and alcohol related|
|Anthony John Leake||16 August 2021||Drug related|
|Kenneth Raymond Sharpe||18 August 2021||Narrative|
|Malcolm Dudley Park||18 August 2021||Accidental death|
|Godfrey Rees Brace||1 September 2021||Accidental death|
|Amanda May||8 September 2021||Alcohol related|
|James Brian Emery||13 September 2021||Alcohol related|
|Gordon Rex Ballinger||15 September 2021||Narrative|
|Jonathan David Lawrence||15 September 2021||Alcohol related|
|Terrence William Trevor Evans||15 September 2021||Accidental death|
|Maxine Alison Brenda Collier||20 September 2021||Suicide|
|Robert James Mahon||20 September 2021||Alcohol related|
The Coroner is also responsible for inquests in connection with Treasure. Set out below are those Treasure inquests currently being considered.
|Description of find||Hearing date||Time|
|Small hoard or purse loss of Roman coins||1 November 2021||10am|
|Roman coins hoard||8 November 2021||10am|