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 coroners@herefordshire.gov.uk, hours 8.30am to 12.30pm.

Maggie Oliver - Coroner's Officer, telephone 01432 347178, email margaret.oliver@westmercia.pnn.police.uk, hours 8.30am to 12.30pm.

Nigel Phillips - Coroner's Officer, telephone 01432 347351, email nigel.phillips@westmercia.pnn.police.uk, 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
5 March 2021 Town Hall, Hereford Emma Louise Jolly 30 years Investigation
8 March 2021 Town Hall, Hereford Gordon Rex Ballinger 93 years Inquest
10 March 2021 Town Hall, Hereford Deborah Louise Bamber 48 years Investigation
10 March 2021 Town Hall, Hereford Christopher Paul Michael 41 years Investigation
12 March 2021 Town Hall, Hereford Adam Richard Wells 32 years Investigation
17 March 2021 Town Hall, Hereford Christopher Fisher 56 years Investigation
17 March 2021 Town Hall, Hereford James Brian Emery 27 years Investigation
19 March 2021 Town Hall, Hereford Godfrey Edward Morgan 79 years Investigation
24 March 2021 Town Hall, Hereford George Percival Goodwin 82 years Inquest
29 March 2021 Town Hall, Hereford Noah Peter Anstey 1 month Investigation
8 April 2021 Town Hall, Hereford Thelma Diana Weaver 77 years Inquest
12 April 2021 Town Hall, Hereford Malcolm Dudley Park 83 years Inquest
14 April 2021 Town Hall, Hereford Michael John Griffiths 78 years Inquest
14 April 2021 Town Hall, Hereford Scott Alistair Graham McMenamin 56 years Inquest
14 April 2021 Town Hall, Hereford Peter Edward Morris 80 years Inquest
16 April 2021 Town Hall, Hereford Jane Elizabeth Rees 74 years Inquest

Inquest and pre-inquest review hearings

Date Time Venue Name of deceased Age at death Place of death
21 April 2021 10am Town Hall, Hereford Tony Martin Fletcher 58 years Leominster
21 April 2021 11am Town Hall, Hereford Wayne Anthony Rock 38 years Herefordshire
21 April 2021 12 midday Town Hall, Hereford Thomas Rudolph Joyce 67 years County Hospital, Hereford
26 April 2021 10am Town Hall, Hereford Brian Andrew Bullock 84 years Ross-on-Wye
14 May 2021 10am Town Hall, Hereford Margaret Beatrice Elizabeth Cave 91 years County Hospital, Hereford

Recent deaths referred to the Coroner

Date referred Name Date of death
6 April 2021 Gerard Bonner 4 April 2021
7 April 2021 Margaret Taylor 5 April 2021
7 April 2021 Barbara Helen Lewis 31 March 2021
7 April 2021 Michael John Smith 5 April 2021
8 April 2021 Patrick Jenkins 3 April 2021
9 April 2021 Stanley Blackwell 7 April 2021
9 April 2021 Kay Taylor 9 April 2021
12 April 2021 Margaret Doreen Flynn 5 April 2021
12 April 2021 Eileen Wren 10 April 2021
13 April 2021 William Watkins 11 April 2021
13 April 2021 Elsie Bausor 4 April 2021
13 April 2021 Ian Sutton 11 April 2021
13 April 2021 Eda Haflett 10 April 2021
14 April 2021 Philip Price 13 April 2021

Inquest conclusions in the current and previous month

Name of deceased Date of conclusion Conclusion
Roger Jamieson Hillman 22 March 2021 Accidental death
Stephen James Bridges 24 March 2021 Drug related
Robert Martyn Turner 24 March 2021 Narrative
John Francis O'Hara 31 March 2021 Industrial disease
Neville Henry Passey 6 April 2021 Industrial disease
Rok Sǐmsǐc 8 April 2021 Suicide
Lily Elizabeth Arkwright 12 April 2021 Suicide
Paul Stanley Charles Barker 12 April 2021 Alcohol and drug related
Michael John Griffiths 14 April 2021 Natural causes
Scott Alistair Graham McMenamin 14 April 2021 Natural causes
Lottie Beatrice Wild 14 April 2021 Accidental death
Gareth Thomas Turtle 14 April 2021 Drug related

Treasure inquests

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