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 October 2020 Town Hall, Hereford John William Edwards 75 years Inquest
2 October 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Susanna Joan van Marle 69 years Inquest
2 October 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Thomas David Manns 65 years Inquest
2 October 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Judith Clare Mackie 71 years Inquest
9 October 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Mark Francis Keegan 84 years Inquest
9 October 2020 Town Hall, Hereford William Lesley Haines 76 years Investigation
14 October 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Marion Bernice Hudson 83 years Inquest
16 October 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Byron James Hunaban 36 years Investigation
16 October 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Roger Jamieson Hillman 68 years Inquest
23 October 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Cheryl Ann Lloyd 65 years Inquest
23 October 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Lily Elizabeth Arkwright 19 years Inquest
26 October 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Ronald Benjamin Hobday 96 years Inquest
28 October 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Kenneth Walter Hyde 89 years Inquest
30 October 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Michael George Knowles 86 years Inquest
30 October 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Patricia Margaret Fisher 88 years Inquest
4 November 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Margaret Beatrice Elizabeth Cave 91 years Inquest
6 November 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Robert Charles Larkin 83 years Inquest
13 November 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Juliet Amanda Bristow 87 years Inquest
18 November 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Gareth Thomas Turtle 43 years Investigation
18 November 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Gillian Winifred Jones 85 years Inquest
20 November 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Joan Mary Billingham 80 years Inquest
20 November 2020 Town Hall, Hereford John Francis O’Hara 72 years Inquest
25 November 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Stephen James Bridges 44 years Investigation
25 November 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Neville Henry Passey 81 years Inquest
27 November 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Patricia Doris Williams 91 years Inquest
30 November 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Brian Andrew Bullock 84 years Investigation

Inquest and pre-inquest review hearings

Date Time Venue Name of deceased Age at death Place of death
2 December 2020 10am Town Hall, Hereford Brian Jeffrey Bound 39 years Herefordshire
7 December 2020 10am Town Hall, Hereford Norma Rita Perkins 73 years County Hospital, Hereford
9 December 2020 10am Town Hall, Hereford Michael John Pritchard-Woollett 78 years Gloucester Royal Hospital
14 December 2020 10am Town Hall, Hereford Michael John Lewis 70 years County Hospital, Hereford
14 December 2020 11.30am Town Hall, Hereford Karen Lisa Robb 48 years Malvern
16 December 2020 10am Town Hall, Hereford Sylvia Margaret Richards 82 years County Hospital, Hereford
16 December 2020 11.30am Town Hall, Hereford Cheryl Ann Lloyd 65 years Ross-on-Wye
16 December 2020 12 noon Town Hall, Hereford Kenneth Walter Hyde 89 years Hereford
6 January 2021 10am Town Hall, Hereford Thomas Leonard Butcher 86 years County Hospital, Hereford
11 January 2021 10am Town Hall, Hereford Elle May Bennett 15 years Ross-on-Wye
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
1 November 2020 Peter Davies 1 November 2020
3 November 2020 James Lavers 1 November 2020
3 November 2020 Leonie Rich 1 November 2020
4 November 2020 Eleanor Myfanwy Gowland 1 November 2020
4 November 2020 Cicely Ireland 2 November 2020
4 November 2020 Betty Browning 1 November 2020
5 November 2020 John Catterall 4 November 2020
5 November 2020 David Geoffrey James East 2 November 2020
6 November 2020 Gita Devereaux 4 November 2020
10 November 2020 Mervyn Lloyd 9 November 2020
10 November 2020 Grace Downes 7 November 2020
10 November 2020 Sarah Weeks 10 November 2020
10 November 2020 Jean Smith 8 November 2020
11 November 2020 Kenneth Pearce 4 November 2020
11 November 2020 Edith Perkins 5 November 2020
11 November 2020 Neville Greenhouse 8 November 2020
13 November 2020 Keith Charles Bilton 13 November 2020
16 November 2020 Vera Audrey Lugg 16 November 2020
17 November 2020 John Brookes 13 November 2020
18 November 2020 Elsie Mary Plaskett 16 November 2020
18 November 2020 Christopher Charles Whittington 18 November 2020
20 November 2020 Caroline Fletcher 12 November 2020
20 November 2020 Janice Griffiths 20 November 2020
20 November 2020 Malcolm Charles Mayglothling 20 November 2020
23 November 2020 Roger Brooke 21 November 2020
24 November 2020 Derrick Hall 16 November 2020
24 November 2020 Ian Charles Moore 19 November 2020
24 November 2020 Jean Watson 21 November 2020
25 November 2020 Yvonne Taylor 23 November 2020
25 November 2020 Annie Gilbert 24 November 2020

Inquest conclusions in the current and previous month

Name of deceased Date of conclusion Conclusion
Nicholas Andrew Loveridge 5 October 2020 Accidental death
Alan Richard Davies 5 October 2020 Narrative
Marianne Hayward-Pinney 7 October 2020 Suicide
Michele Sephton 12 October 2020 Road traffic collision
Ann Stella Green-Price 14 October 2020 Accidental death
Jonathan Daniel Trevor Ward 14 October 2020 Suicide
Matthew Fraser 14 October 2020 Suicide
Susanna Annette Howe 19 October 2020 Open
Richard John Jakeman 19 October 2020 Suicide
Christopher Graham West 26 October 2020 Suicide
Cecil Lea Morris 28 October 2020 Natural causes
Patricia Margaret Fisher 30 October 2020 Natural causes
Ann Mary Jones 2 November 2020 Accidental death
Irene Ruby May Seaborn 2 November 2020 Natural causes
Crysta Marie Beaumont 4 November 2020 Natural causes
Timothy James Evans 9 November 2020 Drug related
John William Edwards 9 November 2020 Industrial disease
Irene Margery Thomas 9 November 2020 Accidental death
John Joseph Coates 11 November 2020 Accidental death
Juliet Amanda Bristow 13 November 2020 Natural causes
Simon  John Conybeare 16 November 2020 Narrative
Margaret Watkins 16 November 2020 Accidental death
Marion Bernice Hudson 16 November 2020 Accidental death
Michael Stanley Brown 16 November 2020 Accidental death
June Mary Adams 18 November 2020 Suicide
Thomas McGhee 18 November 2020 Natural causes
Joan Mary Billingham 20 November 2020 Accidental death
Sylvia Pearl Williams 25 November 2020 Natural causes
Patricia Doris Williams 27 November 2020 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