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|
|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|
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|