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 August 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Abigail Lynne Frankland 23 years Inquest
7 August 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Brian Jeffrey Bound 39 years Inquest
7 August 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Peter Frederick Powell 95 years Inquest
12 August 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Peter Kevin Lamb 42 years Inquest
12 August 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Michael Stanley Brown 76 years Inquest
14 August 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Marnie Rodda 33 years Investigation
17 August 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Angela Mary Awbery White 85 years Inquest
19 August 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Irene Margery Thomas 80 years Inquest
19 August 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Thomas McGhee 75 years Inquest
21 August 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Sylvia Margaret Richards 82 years Inquest
21 August 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Michaela Jane Young 51 years Investigation
21 August 2020 Town Hall, Hereford John Joseph Coates 87 years Inquest
4 September 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Simon John Conybeare 53 years Inquest
9 September 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Steven Peter Mason 62 years Inquest
11 September 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Karen Lisa Robb 48 years Inquest
21 September 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Paul Simpson 66 years Inquest

Inquest and pre-inquest review hearings

Date Time Venue Name of deceased Age at death Place of death
23 September 2020 10am Town Hall. Hereford Ross Wayne Robbins 60 years Hereford
28 September 2020 10am Town Hall, Hereford Gordon William Burgess 79 years County Hospital, Hereford
30 September 2020 10am Town Hall, Hereford Koby Leonard Murray-Pegrum 2 months County Hospital, Hereford
5 October 2020 10am Town Hall, Hereford Nicholas Andrew Loveridge 51 years County Hospital, Hereford
5 October 2020 11am Town Hall, Hereford Alan Richard Davies 68 years County Hospital, Hereford
7 October 2020 10am Town Hall, Hereford Marianne Hayward-Pinney 33 years County Hospital, Hereford
12 October 2020 10am Town Hall, Hereford Michele Sephton 54 years Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham
14 October 2020 10am Town Hall, Hereford Ann Stella Green-Price 90 years County Hospital, Hereford
14 October 2020 11.30am Town Hall, Hereford Jonathan Daniel Trevor Ward    34 years Scotland
14 October 2020 12.15pm Town Hall, Hereford Matthew Fraser 46 years Worcestershire
19 October 2020 10am Town Hall, Hereford Susanna Annette Howe 55 years County Hospital, Hereford
19 October 2020 11am Town Hall, Hereford Richard John Jakeman 65 years Ledbury
26 October 2020 10am Town Hall, Hereford Christopher Graham West 44 years Bromyard
2 November 2020 10am Town Hall, Hereford Ann Mary Jones 68 years County Hospital, Hereford

Recent deaths referred to the Coroner

Date referred Name Date of death
1 September 2020 Alan Atherfold 1 September 2020
1 September 2020 Laurence James Town 1 September 2020
2 September 2020 David Michael Jackson 30 August 2020
2 September 2020 Gordon Ravenscroft 28 August 2020
3 September 2020 Ronald Hooper 31 August 2020
3 September 2020 Donald Alec Phillips 1 September 2020
3 September 2020 Garry Redshaw 28 August 2020
3 September 2020 Allan Watkins 2 September 2020
3 September 2020 John Jones 3 September 2020
3 September 2020 Helen Frances Savidge 3 September 2020
4 September 2020 Sylvia Preece 3 September 2020
4 September 2020 Janet Pugh 3 September 2020
4 September 2020 Glenys Brett 4 September 2020
4 September 2020 Kevin Leslie Williams 4 September 2020
6 September 2020 Margaret Boyd 6 September 2020
7 September 2020 Paul Parkin 4 September 2020
7 September 2020 John Riley 4 September 2020
7 September 2020 George William Angus Roxby Alderson 7 September 2020
7 September 2020 John Alan Wainwright 5 September 2020
7 September 2020 David Haughton 5 September 2020
8 September 2020 Rosemary Jones 5 September 2020
8 September 2020 Brian Clements 4 September 2020
8 September 2020 Norman Dewberry 8 September 2020
10 September 2020 Frank Cumbes 6 September 2020
10 September 2020 David Malpas 10 September 2020
10 September 2020 John Jordan 10 September 2020
11 September 2020 Audrey Aitken 9 September 2020
11 September 2020 Stewart Duncan Berrow 10 September 2020
14 September 2020 Paul Jones 12 September 2020
15 September 2020 Daisy Fuller 15 September 2020
15 September 2020 David Williams 13 September 2020
15 September 2020 Shaun Jones 9 September 2020
15 September 2020 David Duggan 14 September 2020
15 September 2020 Joseph Harvey 9 September 2020
16 September 2020 Mary Evans 11 September 2020
17 September 2020 Leonard Weeks 17 September 2020
17 September 2020 Glenys Price Knight 15 September 2020

Inquest conclusions in the current and previous month

Name of deceased Date of conclusion Conclusion
Peter Frederick Powell 7 August 2020 Natural Causes
Daryl Steven Sean Jenkins 12 August 2020 Suicide
Virgil Belei 17 August 2020 Suicide
Barbara Janet Nicholas 17 August 2020 Accidental death
Thomas Russell McGowan 17 August 2020 Alcohol Related
Angela Mary Awbery White 17 August 2020 Natural Causes
Timothy James Webb 19 August 2020 Suicide
Keith Charles Jones 19 August 2020 Suicide
Robin Mark Farquhar-Oliver 26 August 2020 Narrative
Robert John Green 2 September 2020 Industrial disease
Carlina Margaret Leake 9 September 2020 Suicide
Stuart Martin Fletcher 9 September 2020 Road traffic collision
Scarlet Lilian Norman-Henly 14 September 2020 Narrative

The Coroner is also responsible for inquests in connection with Treasure. Set out below are those Treasure inquests currently being considered.

Treasure inquests

Description of find Hearing date Time