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
5 May 2021 Town Hall, Hereford Vincent Ledbury 63 years Investigation
7 May 2021 Town Hall, Hereford Karen Evans 61 years Inquest
7 May 2021 Town Hall, Hereford Martin Denis Roberts 71 years Inquest
12 May 2021 Town Hall, Hereford Kathleen Mary Howard 93 years Inquest
14 May 2021 Town Hall, Hereford Jennifer May Turpin 77 years Inquest
14 May 2021 Town Hall, Hereford Rebecca May Arnold 34 years Investigation
14 May 2021 Town Hall, Hereford Frederick Harry Pedlar 74 years Investigation
24 May 2021 Town Hall, Hereford Lionel John Meredith 83 years Inquest
26 May 2021 Town Hall, Hereford Norman Charles Farr 80 years Inquest
28 May 2021 Town Hall, Hereford Marc James De Jersey-Lowney 48 years Investigation
28 May 2021 Town Hall, Hereford Danielle Llewellyn 36 years Investigation
28 May 2021 Town Hall, Hereford Maxine Alison Brenda Collier 57 years Investigation
2 June 2021 Town Hall, Hereford Anthony John Leake 46 years Investigation
2 June 2021 Town Hall, Hereford Anthony John Hunt 77 years Inquest
4 June 2021 Town Hall, Hereford Steven John Tattum 47 years Inquest
9 June 2021 Town Hall, Hereford Malcolm Clews 66 years Inquest
11 June 2021 Town Hall, Hereford Terrence William Trevor Evans 72 years Inquest
18 June 2021 Town Hall, Hereford Gavin James Butler 43 years Inquest
18 June 2021 Town Hall, Hereford Brian Crump 76 years Investigation

Inquest and pre-inquest review hearings

Date Time Venue Name of deceased Age at death Place of death
21 June 2021 10am Town Hall, Hereford Jane Elizabeth Rees 74 years Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham
28 June 2021 11am Town Hall, Hereford Pauline Smith 64 years County Hospital, Hereford
30 June 2021 10am Town Hall, Hereford Peter Kevin Lamb 42 years Herefordshire
5 July 2021 10am Town Hall, Hereford Mark Anthony Errington 58 years Hereford
5 July 2021 10.45am Town Hall, Hereford George Percival Goodwin 82 years Leominster
5 July 2021 12 midday Town Hall, Hereford Deborah Louise Bamber 48 years Hereford
5 July 2021 1pm Town Hall, Hereford Jeffry Edwin Milner 76 years Herefordshire
7 July 2021 10am Town Hall, Hereford A minor Under 18 years Birmingham
19 July 2021 11am Town Hall, Hereford Kevin Denis Young 67 years County Hospital, Hereford
11 August 2021 10am Town Hall, Hereford Courtney Vaughan Parker 82 years County Hospital, Hereford

Recent deaths referred to the Coroner

Date referred Name Date of death
2 June 2021 William Inight 28 May 2021
2 June 2021 Derek Robert Sockett 30 May 2021
2 June 2021 Josephine Florence Jeanes 1 June 2021
2 June 2021 Alfred Ronald Powell 31 May 2021
3 June 2021 Shamsolmolouk Mafazi 3 June 2021
4 June 2021 Peter Ryder 3 June 2021
5 June 2021 Martina Anja Patricia Haynes 5 June 2021
7 June 2021 Gillian Price 1 June 2021
7 June 2021 Philip John Randall 7 June 2021
8 June 2021 Doris Johnson 2 June 2021
8 June 2021 Richard Francis Bloodworth 4 June 2021
10 June 2021 Douglas Luscott 8 June 2021
11 June 2021 Dorothy Wright 8 June 2021
14 June 2021 Susan Hancock 12 June 2021
14 June 2021 Patricia Groves 11 June 2021
15 June 2021 Norman Arthur Ernest Bell 15 June 2021
17 June 2021 Francis Harris 16 June 2021
17 June 2021 David Barton Jenkins 15 June 2021

Inquest conclusions in the current and previous month

Name of deceased Date of conclusion Conclusion
David Henry Jones 5 May 2021 Industrial disease
Margaret Beatrice Elizabeth Cave 14 May 2021 Natural causes
Caleb Robert Horncastle 19 May 2021 Road traffic collision
Holly Ann Poyner 19 May 2021 Road traffic collision
Bryan Jenkins 24 May 2021 Suicide
Kathlyn Lambert 24 May 2021 Road traffic collision
Michael John Lewis 9 June 2021 Narrative

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