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
2 December 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Rok Sǐmsǐc 33 years Inquest
4 December 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Joshua William Hodges 31 years Inquest
11 December 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Robert Martyn Turner 37 years Inquest
11 December 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Lottie Beatrice Wild 89 years Inquest
16 December 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Kathlyn Lambert 88 years Inquest
23 December 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Derek Anthony Brooks 77 years Inquest
29 December 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Sylvia Doreen Cooke 86 years Investigation
29 December 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Thomas Rudolph Joyce 67 years Inquest
30 December 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Mark Anthony Errington 58 years Investigation
6 January 2021 Town Hall, Hereford Robert Sharp 84 years  Inquest
8 January 2021 Town Hall, Hereford Susan Jane Goodwin 59 years Inquest
8 January 2021 Town Hall, Hereford Zbigniew Piatkowski 48 years Inquest
8 January 2021 Town Hall, Hereford Amanda May 53 years Investigation
15 January 2021 Town Hall, Hereford Roger Christopher Rowell 76 years Inquest
15 January 2021 Town Hall, Hereford Bryan Jenkins 59 years Inquest

Inquest and pre-inquest review hearings

Date Time Venue Name of deceased Age at death Place of death
18 January 2021 10am Town Hall, Hereford Barbara Ann Perrin 90 years Hereford
18 January 2021 10.45am Town Hall, Hereford Byron James Hunaban 36 years Hereford
20 January 2021 10am Town Hall, Hereford Ronald Benjamin Hobday 96 years County Hospital, Hereford
9 February 2021 11am Town Hall, Hereford Philip Howard Jenkins 70 years Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham

Recent deaths referred to the Coroner

Date referred Name Date of death
3 December 2020 Margaret Adam 2 December 2020
7 December 2020 John Rogers 6 December 2020
7 December 2020 Jean Hawkings-Bowles 6 December 2020
7 December 2020 Barbara Mary Vickery 4 December 2020
8 December 2020 Glynis Dawn Davies 7 December 2020
9 December 2020 Simon William Britten Dereham 29 November 2020
9 December 2020 Arthur Denis Davies 27 November 2020
9 December 2020 Terence Scott 30 November 2020
9 December 2020 Neil Darren McKee 4 December 2020
10 December 2020 Patricia Matthews 5 December 2020
10 December 2020 Richard Henry Ward 5 December 2020
11 December 2020 Michael Hibberd 10 December 2020
11 December 2020 George Bryan Munro 10 December 2020
14 December 2020 Clifford Hyett 7 December 2020
14 December 2020 Judith Margaret Mutton 11 December 2020
14 December 2020 Vanessa Barbara Hembling 12 December 2020
14 December 2020 Karen Barrington 11 December 2020
15 December 2020 Timothy Keeves 10 December 2020
16 December 2020 Robert Warren 11 December 2020
16 December 2020 Stephen Robert Borthwick 16 December 2020
17 December 2020 Sheila Webber 11 December 2020
17 December 2020 Gwenyth Smith 15 December 2020
18 December 2020 Marjorie Gray 16 December 2020
18 December 2020 Colin William Sutherill 18 December 2020
18 December 2020 Mary Yeomans 13 December 2020
21 December 2020 Rodney John Sirrell 17 December 2020
21 December 2020 Ursula Aylmer 21 December 2020
22 December 2020 Leonard Bigley 22 December 2020
22 December 2020 Michael Griffiths 16 December 2020
22 December 2020 Colin Jones 18 December 2020
22 December 2020 Peter John Clarke 17 December 2020
23 December 2020 Rodney Read 20 December 2020
23 December 2020 John Frederick Winn 23 December 2020
24 December 2020 Paul Lake 23 December 2020
24 December 2020 James Beard 22 December 2020
27 December 2020 Kenneth Downham 27 December 2020
29 December 2020 Gerald Powell 26 December 2020
29 December 2020 Rose Wiles 23 December 2020
29 December 2020 Anthony Roger Price 29 December 2020
29 December 2020 Charles Ronald Jeanes 26 December 2020
30 December 2020 Frances Lilian Potter 26 December 2020
30 December 2020 Duncan Good 26 December 2020
30 December 2020 Francis Dullehan 24 December 2020
31 December 2020 William Bruce 30 December 2020
1 January 2021 Stephen Thomas Lloyd 1 January 2021
4 January 2021 Robert Dixon 31 December 2020
4 January 2021 Roy Tyler 2 January 2021
4 January 2021 Elizabeth Meredith 2 January 2021
4 January 2021 Derek Lord 4 January 2021
4 January 2021 Peter Powell 4 January 2021
4 January 2021 John Brown 1 January 2021
5 January 2021 Peter Williams 4 January 2021
6 January 2021 Vera Silcox 30 December 2021
6 January 2021 Francis Doran 5 January 2021
7 January 2021 Barbara Watson 2 January 2021
8 January 2021 Pamela Ann Miriam Marpole 7 January 2021
11 January 2021 Stephen Cole 10 January 2021
12 January 2021 Pamela Hancock 10 January 2021
12 January 2021 Keith Jones 11 January 2021
12 January 2021 Cyril Crane 11 January 2021
12 January 2021 Dorothea Marsh 11 January 2021
12 January 2021 Myrna Powles 8 January 2021
12 January 2021 Christine Ferguson 9 January 2021
12 January 2021 Howard Meadows 11 January 2021
13 January 2021 Eileen Ulyatt 13 January 2021
13 January 2021 Sarah Hurdley 5 January 2021
13 January 2021 Bryn Callow 7 January 2021
14 January 2021 Malcolm Guest 14 January 2021
14 January 2021 Frank Morlidge 14 January 2021
14 January 2021 Richard Eric Stanford 11 January 2021

Inquest conclusions in the current and previous month

Name of deceased Date of conclusion Conclusion
Brian Jeffrey Bound 2 December 2020 Suicide
Norma Rita Perkins 7 December 2020 Narrative
Michael John Pritchard-Woollett 9 December 2020 Narrative
Karen Lisa Robb 14 December 2020 Suicide
Sylvia Margaret Richards 16 December 2020 Narrative
Cheryl Ann Lloyd 16 December 2020 Alcohol related
Kenneth Walter Hyde 16 December 2020 Accidental death
Thomas Leonard Butcher 6 January 2021 Accidental death
Carl Ronald Howkins 6 January 2021 Drug related
Robert Sharp 6 January 2021 Natural causes
Susan Jane Goodwin 8 January 2021 Natural causes
Zbigniew Piatkowski 8 January 2021 Natural causes
Elle May Bennett 11 January 2021 Natural causes
Judith Clare Mackie 11 January 2021 Accidental death
Frederick William Marston 11 January 2021 Accidental death
Robert Charles Larkin 13 January 2021 Accidental death
Roger Christopher Rowell 15 January 2021 Natural causes
Steven Peter Mason 15 January 2021 Suicide
Gillian Winifred Jones 15 January 2021 Accidental death
Abigail Lynne Frankland 15 January 2021 Suicide

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