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 firstname.lastname@example.org, hours 8.30am to 12.30pm.
Maggie Oliver - Coroner's Officer, telephone 01432 347178, email email@example.com, hours 8.30am to 12..30pm.
Nigel Phillips - Coroner's Officer, telephone 01432 347351, email firstname.lastname@example.org, 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|
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|