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
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

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
Small hoard or purse loss of Roman coins 1 November 2021 10am
Roman coins hoard 8 November 2021 10am