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
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

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