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

Administrative support hours are:

  • Monday 8.30am to 3pm
  • Tuesday 8.30am to 3pm
  • Wednesday 8.30am to 3pm
  • Thursday 8.30am to 12.30pm
  • Friday 8.30am to 3pm

Maggie Oliver - Coroner's Officer, telephone 01432 347178, email margaret.oliver@westmercia.pnn.police.uk, hours 8.30am to 3.30pm.

Nigel Phillips - Coroner's Officer, telephone 01432 347351, email nigel.phillips@westmercia.pnn.police.uk, hours 8.30am to 3.30pm.

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 may be reported through any police officer.

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
3 October 2018 Town Hall, Hereford Thomas Edward Wheeler 34 years Inquest
3 October 2018 Town Hall, Hereford Robert Christoper Boyd 29 years Inquest
5 October 2018 Town Hall, Hereford Jean Rosina Jones 87 years Inquest
5 October 2018 Town Hall, Hereford Pauline Heather Towell 56 years Inquest
5 October 2018 Town Hall, Hereford Scott David Morris 31 years Inquest
12 October 2018 Town Hall, Hereford Dominic George Allen Williams 24 years Inquest
19 October 2018 Town Hall, Hereford Philip Steward Arthur Knight 66 years Inquest
22 October 2018 Town Hall, Hereford John Alan Weedon 80 years Inquest
22 October 2018 Town Hall, Hereford Elizabeth Anne Smith 89 years Inquest
31 October 2018 Town Hall, Hereford Derek Alan Hemsley 83 years Inquest
2 November 2018 Town Hall, Hereford Thomas James Roberts 37 years Inquest
9 November 2018 Town Hall, Hereford Ione Elsie Sell 74 years Inquest
12 November 2018 Town Hall, Hereford Crysta Marie Beaumont 46 years Investigation
12 November 2018 Town Hall, Hereford Robert David Rowan 59 years Inquest

Inquest and pre-inquest review hearings

Date Time Venue Name of deceased Age at death Place of death
19 November 2018 11am Town Hall, Hereford Beryl Miriam Matthews 80 years Hereford
21 November 2018 10am Town Hall, Hereford Mark Charles Davies 43 years County Hospital, Hereford
26 November 2018 10am Pre-inquest hearing Town Hall, Hereford Adam Lee Hodges 36 years Leominster
28 November 2018 10am Town Hall, Hereford Gerald Taylor 83 years County Hospital, Hereford
28 November 2018 11.15am Town Hall, Hereford David Bryant Jones 89 years County Hospital, Hereford
3 December 2018 10am Town Hall, Hereford Jade Marie Smith 18 years Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham
12 December 2018 9.15am Town Hall, Hereford Jennifer Margaret Ward 78 years County Hospital, Hereford

Recent deaths referred to the Coroner

Date Name Date of death
1 November 2018 John Hancock 1 November 2018
1 November 2018 Joan Featherstone 1 November 2018
2 November 2018 David Lynn Daniel 1 November 2018
2 November 2018 Ian Charles Hoffman 30 October 2018
5 November 2018 Heather Smythe 4 November 2018
5 November 2018 Dorothy Lewis 26 October 2018
5 November 2018 Andrew Clark 3 November 2018
5 November 2018 Annie Matthews 1 November 2018
5 November 2018 Geoffrey Alan Sargeant 2 November 2018
5 November 2018 Doreen Joan Jones 4 November 2018
5 November 2018 Dennis Oswald Arthur Gridley 5 November 2018
5 November 2018 Robert Alan Buckle 5 November 2018
6 November 2018 John Connolly 5 November 2018
6 November 2018 Iris Lilian Greenhouse 2 November 2018
8 November 2018 George Johnson 5 November 2018
9 November 2018 Sally Dexter 9 November 2018
9 November 2018 Mary Smith 8 November 2018
9 November 2018 Margaret Teare 8 November 2018
9 November 2018 Tina Maria Childs 8 November 2018
9 November 2018 Pauline Harris 8 November 2018
10 November 2018 Harold Morgan 10 November 2018
10 November 2018 Jennifer Olwen Thomas 10 November 2018
12 November 2018 Dorothy Pettitt 10 November 2018
12 November 2018 Hermione Gardner 9 November 2018
12 November 2018 Ronald Monkley 12 November 2018
13 November 2018 Michal Jan Sakiewicz 12 November 2018
13 November 2018 Thomas Sheppy 9 November 2018
13 November 2018 Phillip Morgan 12 November 2018
13 November 2018 Alwyn Batley 12 November 2018

Inquest conclusions in the current and previous month

Name of deceased Date of conclusion Conclusion
Leslie Kenneth Haines 10 October 2018 Accidental death
Elizabeth Marjorie Ann Davies 10 October 2018 Accidental death
Timothy Edward Bassett 15 October 2018 Narrative
Corina Pirvulescu 17 October 2018 Suicide
Eric John Liveley 17 October 2018 Suicide
Reginald David Fletcher 17 October 2018 Industrial disease
Nicholas Gary Lewis 17 October 2018 Narrative
Rosemary Joan Hope 22 October 2018 Accidental death
David John Rogers 24 October 2018 Accidental death
Macca Thomas James Davies 24 October 2018 Road traffic collision
Oliver Nicholas Pagett 29 October 2018 Suicide
David George Williams 5 November 2018 Accidental death
Donald Frederick Crawley 7 November 2018 Industrial disease
John Charles Colwell 7 November 2018 Accidental death

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
Hoard of Silver Roman Coins 19 November 2018 11.30am