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 email@example.com, hours 8.30am to 12.30pm.
Maggie Oliver - Coroner's Officer, telephone 01432 347178, email firstname.lastname@example.org, hours 8.30am to 12.30pm.
Nigel Phillips - Coroner's Officer, telephone 01432 347351, email email@example.com, 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|
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|