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|
|7 July 2021||Town Hall, Hereford||Kenneth Raymond Sharpe||79 years||Inquest|
|9 July 2021||Town Hall, Hereford||Ronald James Bater||90 years||Investigation|
|9 July 2021||Town Hall, Hereford||Jonathan David Lawrence||48 years||Inquest|
|14 July 2021||Town Hall, Hereford||Derek Worthington||85 years||Inquest|
|14 July 2021||Town Hall, Hereford||Ralph Whitwell||87 years||Investigation|
|23 July 2021||Town Hall, Hereford||Thomas William Wills||26 years||Inquest|
|23 July 2021||Town Hall, Hereford||John Seth Lawrence||77 years||Inquest|
Inquest and pre-inquest review hearings
|Date||Time||Venue||Name of deceased||Age at death||Place of death|
|4 August 2021||10am||Town Hall, Hereford||Jennifer May Turpin||77 years||County Hospital, Hereford|
|9 August 2021||10am||Town Hall, Hereford||Joe Lawrence Ludlow Skidmore||19 years||Herefordshire|
|9 August 2021||11.30am||Town Hall, Hereford||Joshua William Hodges||31 years||County Hospital, Hereford|
|11 August 2021||10am||Town Hall, Hereford||Courtney Vaughan Parker||82 years||County Hospital, Hereford|
|13 August 2021||10am||Town Hall, Hereford||Michael George Knowles||86 years||County Hospital, Hereford|
|16 August 2021||10am||Town Hall, Hereford||Christopher Paul Michael||41 years||Hereford|
|16 August 2021||11.30am||Town Hall, Hereford||Anthony John Leake||46 years||Hereford|
|18 August 2021||10am||Town Hall, Hereford||Kenneth Raymond Sharpe||79 years||Hereford|
|18 August 2021||11am||Town Hall, Hereford||Malcolm Dudley Park||83 years||County Hospital, Hereford|
|8 September 2021||10am||Town Hall, Hereford||Amanda May||53 years||Leominster|
|13 September 2021||10am||Town Hall, Hereford||James Brian Emery||27 years||Hereford|
|15 September 2021||10am||Town Hall, Hereford||Gordon Rex Ballinger||93 years||County Hospital, Hereford|
|20 September 2021||10am||Town Hall, Hereford||Maxine Alison Brenda Collier||57 years||Hereford|
|20 September 2021||11am||Town Hall, Hereford||Robert James Mahon||38 years||Hereford|
|27 September 2021||10am||Town Hall. Hereford||Adam Richard Wells||32 years||County Hospital, Hereford|
|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|
Recent deaths referred to the Coroner
|Date referred||Name||Date of death|
|1 July 2021||Florence Hayward||28 June 2021|
|1 July 2021||Margaret Adams||25 June 2021|
|5 July 2021||Terence Bailey||30 June 2021|
|6 July 2021||Shirley Jenkins||2 July 2021|
|7 July 2021||Beryl Duggan||1 July 2021|
|7 July 2021||Doris Cootes||4 July 2021|
|7 July 2021||Joan Warren||4 July 2021|
|8 July 2021||Nigel Chilli Wilson||7 July 2021|
|8 July 2021||Michael Palgrave||6 July 2021|
|9 July 2021||Gwendoline Tate||8 July 2021|
|9 July 2021||Ceridwen Ward||5 July 2021|
|9 July 2021||Anthony Scotford||7 July 2021|
|9 July 2021||Raymond Layton-Morris||7 July 2021|
|12 July 2021||Michaela Joanne Clarke||11 July 2021|
|12 July 2021||Eileen Betty Children||11 July 2021|
|12 July 2021||Joyce Taylor||10 July 2021|
|13 July 2021||Nicholas Oakley||11 July 2021|
|14 July 2021||Ethel Davies||9 July 2021|
|14 July 2021||Beryl Darsley||11 July 2021|
|15 July 2021||Winifred Powell||15 July 2021|
|19 July 2021||Brian Hughes||17 July 2021|
|20 July 2021||Kathleen Bufton||17 July 2021|
|20 July 2021||Patricia Lewis||13 July 2021|
|21 July 2021||Michael Perlman||16 July 2021|
|21 July 2021||David Gardiner||19 July 2021|
|21 July 2021||Peter Bailey||18 July 2021|
|21 July 2021||Stephen Wayne Davies||21 July 2021|
|21 July 2021||Neil Daniel||21 July 2021|
|22 July 2021||Lynn Wargen||20 July 2021|
|22 July 2021||Amy Cooke||20 July 2021|
|23 July 2021||Bryan Austin Powles||22 July 2021|
|23 July 2021||Marjorie Bray||23 July 2021|
|23 July 2021||Susan Stone||19 July 2021|
|27 July 2021||Derek Clarke||17 July 2021|
|27 July 2021||Melvyn Rooke||25 July 2021|
|27 July 2021||Graham John Binnion||24 July 2021|
|27 July 2021||Hranislaw Djordjevic||26 July 2021|
|28 July 2021||Bernard Edmonds||26 July 2021|
|29 July 2021||Arthur Mills||25 July 2021|
|29 July 2021||Janet Mary Baily||24 July 2021|
|29 July 2021||Brian Jones||27 July 2021|
Inquest conclusions in the current and previous month
|Name of deceased||Date of conclusion||Conclusion|
|Mark Anthony Errington||5 July 2021||Narrative|
|George Percival Goodwin||5 July 2021||Narrative|
|Deborah Louise Bamber||5 July 2021||Drug related|
|Jeffrey Edwin Milner||5 July 2021||Narrative|
|Jessica Lucy Thackway||7 July 2021||Narrative|
|Kevin Denis Young||19 July 2021||Accidental death|
|John Seth Lawrence||23 July 2021||Natural Causes|
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|