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
Administrative support is available on email coroners@herefordshire.gov.uk or telephone 01432 261813 and is available to the public during the following hours:

  • Monday 8.30am - 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 8.30am -1 2.30pm
  • Wednesday 8.30am - 12.30pm
  • Thursday 8.30am - 12.30pm
  • Friday 8.30am - 12.30pm

Maggie Oliver - Coroner's Officer
Telephone 01432 347178, email margaret.oliver@westmercia.police.uk hours 8.30am - 3.30pm.

Nigel Phillips - Coroner's Officer
Telephone 01432 347351, email nigel.phillips@westmercia.police.uk hours 8.30am - 3.30pm.

The postal address is Coroner's Office, Town Hall, St Owen Street, Hereford HR1 2PJ

Outside of these hours any sudden violent and unexpected deaths or any emergency to do with the Coroner's service may be reported through any police officer.

About the Coroner

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 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.

For more information on the role of a coroner and what to expect during a coroner's investigation, see the Ministry of Justice Guide to Coroner Services (pdf).

Deaths referred to the Coroner, inquest hearings and conclusions

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
6 May 2022 Town Hall, Hereford Steven Paul Hein 24 years Investigation
9 May 2022 Town Hall, Hereford George Edward Griffiths 80 years Inquest
9 May 2022 Town Hall, Hereford Helen Green 52 years Investigation
16 May 2022 Town Hall, Hereford Jennifer Ann Kitson 82 years Inquest
16 May 2022 Town Hall, Hereford Patricia Christine Mather 76 years Inquest
27 May 2022 Town Hall, Hereford Ann Margaret Davies 76 years Investigation
27 May 2022 Town Hall, Hereford Ewa Jadwiga Kmietowicz 58 years Inquest
27 May 2022 Town Hall, Hereford Rita Lilian Johnson 85 years Investigation
30 May 2022 Town Hall, Hereford Linda Ann Philpot 74 years Inquest
10 June 2022 Town Hall, Hereford Bryan William Leaker 74 years Inquest
10 June 2022 Town Hall, Hereford Martin Charles Trafford 79 years Investigation
16 June 2022 Town Hall, Hereford Peter Mark Scott 92 years Inquest
16 June 2022 Town Hall, Hereford Peter Robert Andrews 83 years Inquest
16 June 2022 Town Hall, Hereford Megan Ann Foster 86 years Inquest
16 June 2022 Town Hall, Hereford Connor Robert Baker 26 years Inquest
16 June 2022 Town Hall, Hereford Geoffrey John Harrison 89 years Inquest
22 June 2022 Town Hall, Hereford Stephen David Davies 46 years Investigation
22 June 2022 Town Hall, Hereford Dennis Winston Roberts 78 years Inquest
24 June 2022 Town Hall, Hereford Christopher Cooper 69 years Investigation
24 June 2022 Town Hall, Hereford Michael Scott Hodkinson 47 years Inquest
24 June 2022 Town Hall, Hereford Alan John Turville 91 years Investigation
30 June 2022 Town Hall, Hereford Roger Lee Guy 77 years Inquest
4 July 2022 Town Hall, Hereford Archie Dean Smalley 18 years Inquest

Inquest and pre-inquest review hearings

Date Time Venue Name of deceased Age at death Place of death
4 July 2022 10am Town Hall, Hereford Adam Wilson 47 years Thailand
6 and 7 July 2022 10am Town Hall, Hereford Thomas David Manns 65 years Herefordshire
20 July 2022 10am Town Hall, Hereford Alison June Dallow 66 years Hereford
25 July 2022 10am Town Hall, Hereford Deborah Ann Miles Borrett 60 years Bromyard

Recent deaths referred to the Coroner

Date referred Name Date of death
31 May 2022 Brian William John Bengry 31 May 2022
31 May 2022 Alfie Sylvester Lock 31 May 2022
1 June 2022 Susan Elizabeth Johnson 21 May 2022
1 June 2022 David Cadwallader 31 May 2022
1 June 2022 Reginald David Payne 26 May 2022
6 June 2022 Brian Willder 5 June 2022
6 June 2022 Reginald James Powis 6 June 2022
6 June 2022 Hilda Mary Williams 3 June 2022
7 June 2022 Edward Lock 6 June 2022
8 June 2022 Isobel Crockett 7 June 2022
8 June 2022 Jonathon Sklan 8 June 2022
8 June 2022 Christopher John Hurcomb 8 June 2022
9 June 2022 Lucinda Aldrich-Blake 4 June 2022
9 June 2022 Haydn Godfrey Atkins 5 June 2022
9 June 2022 Margaret Duncan 9 June 2022
9 June 2022 John Barnett 3 June 2022
10 June 2022 Charles Richard Vaterlaws 9 June 2022
13 June 2022 Wilfred Bevan 12 June 2022
13 June 2022 Carol Luff 8 June 2022
14 June 2022 Dorothy Perry 9 June 2022
14 June 2022 Carol Murtha 12 June 2022
14 June 2022 Pamela Perks 11 June 2022
15 June 2022 William Banks 14 June 2022
15 June 2022 Stephen Andrew Garvie 13 June 2022
16 June 2022 Warren Thomas Probert 8 June 2022
20 June 2022 Muriel Bellamy 18 June 2022
21 June 2022 Susan Anne Edwards 19 June 2022
21 June 2022 George Haynes 14 June 2022
23 June 2022 Robert Roe 20 June 2022
23 June 2022 Margaret Bentley-Leek 17 June 2022
23 June 2022 Martha Irene Maund 22 June 2022
24 June 2022 Colin Moore 23 June 2022
24 June 2022 Anthony Roden 18 June 2022
27 June 2022 Marie Williams 27 June 2022
28 June 2022 Denis John Holden 26 June 2022
28 June 2022 Catherine Fothergill 20 June 2022
28 June 2022 Mark Glyn Powis 25 June 2022
29 June 2022 Geoffrey Myers 24 June 2022

Inquest conclusions in the current and previous month

Name of deceased Date of conclusion Conclusion
Doris Gwendoline Rogers 6 May 2022 Accidental death
John William Smith 9 May 2022 Drug related
Colin Hugh Reeves 9 May 2022 Accidental death
Alison Margaret Morris 25 May 2022 Road traffic collision
Paul Haydn Morris 25 May 2022 Road traffic collision
Grzegorz Piotr Siwiaszczyk 30 May 2022 Alcohol related
Keith Roberts Price 30 May 2022 Accidental death
Christian David Bagley 13 June 2022 Unlawful killing
Peter Mark Scott 16 June 2022 Natural causes
Megan Ann Foster 16 June 2022 Natural causes
Geoffrey John Harrison 16 June 2022 Natural causes
Leslie Thomas John Morris 16 June 2022 Accidental death
Lorraine Quinn 22 June 2022 Suicide
Janet Ann Edwards 27 June 2022 Suicide
Roger Lee Guy 30 June 2022 Natural causes

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