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
2 January 2019 Town Hall, Hereford Simon Taylor 65 years Inquest
4 January 2019 Town Hall, Hereford Maureen Leedham 83 years Inquest
4 January 2019 Town Hall, Hereford George Edward Meredith 75 years Inquest
7 January 2019 Town Hall, Hereford Bogdan Panaite 35 years Investigation
9 January 2019 Town Hall, Hereford Philip Roger Thomas Burgoyne 64 years Inquest
9 January 2019 Town Hall, Hereford Selwyn Charles Perry 81 years Inquest
11 January 2019 Town Hall, Hereford Florence Mary Maeso 86 years Inquest
11 January 2019 Town Hall, Hereford Patricia Dawn Barrington 56 years Investigation
16 January 2019 Town Hall, Hereford Madeline Ann Hammond 73 years Inquest
16 January 2019 Town Hall, Hereford Robert John Parsons 49 years Inquest
25 January 2019 Town Hall, Hereford John Dennis Nelson 40 years Investigation
30 January 2019 Town Hall, Hereford Judith Taylor 81 years Inquest
30 January 2019 Town Hall, Hereford Stephen Sadler 43 years Inquest
30 January 2019 Town Hall, Hereford Michael Paul Anthony Worsley 69 years Inquest
1 February 2019 Town Hall, Hereford Ann Shaw 72 years Investigation
6 February 2019 Town Hall, Hereford Daniel Philip Jenkins 28 years Inquest
8 February 2019 Town Hall, Hereford Jamie Mark Allen 28 years Inquest
8 February 2019 Town Hall, Hereford Phillip Charles Rex Jay 65 years Inquest
8 February 2019 Town Hall, Hereford Tracy Elizabeth Roberts 44 years Inquest
13 February 2019 Town Hall, Hereford Zari Oginga-Burston 5 hours Investigation
13 February 2019 Town Hall, Hereford Evelyn Mary Benjamin 84 years Inquest
13 February 2019 Town Hall, Hereford Philippa Alice Clare Hunt 28 years Inquest
15 February 2019 Town Hall, Hereford Myrtle Florence Mansfield 87 years Investigation
15 February 2019 Town Hall, Hereford Mary Pauline Taylor 75 years Inquest
18 February 2019 Town Hall, Hereford Reginald Kenneth Webb 84 years Investigation

Inquest and pre-inquest review hearings

Date Time Venue Name of deceased Age at death Place of death
4 March 2019 10am Town Hall, Hereford Robert David Rowan 59 years Ledbury
4 March 2019 10.45am Town Hall, Hereford Margaret Jones 79 years County Hospital, Hereford
4 March 2019 11.30am Town Hall, Hereford Lewis Burley 67 years Ledbury

Recent deaths referred to the Coroner

Date Name Date of death
4 February 2019 Christopher Petkus 3 February 2019
4 February 2019 Carol Ann Gladwin 4 February 2019
6 February 2019 Roland Jones 5 February 2019
6 February 2019 Patricia Ann Price 5 February 2019
6 February 2019 Pauline Muriel Ovenden 6 February 2019
7 February 2019 Audrey Jenkins 26 January 2019
7 February 2019 Peter Collyer 7 February 2019
7 February 2019 Julie Pitt 6 February 2019
8 February 2019 Annette Jackson 7 February 2019
8 February 2019 Pamela Bromage 8 February 2019
11 February 2019 Leslie Woodley 8 February 2019
11 February 2019 Rosemary Anne Ryan 9 February 2019
11 February 2019 Susan Smith 10 February 2019
11 February 2019 Stephen Hugh Beaumont 8 February 2019
12 February 2019 Alexander Marshall 12 February 2019
12 February 2019 Peggy Thompson 10 February 2019
12 February 2019 Jennifer Hyde 11 February 2019
12 February 2019 Colin Thomas 8 February 2019
13 February 2019 Jean Vaughan 9 February 2019
13 February 2019 Gerald Tanner 11 February 2019
14 February 2019 Terance Thackway 13 February 2019
14 February 2019 Ruth Lowth 13 February 2019
14 February 2019 Veronica Joyce Jones 14 February 2019
15 February 2019 Margaret Dines 11 February 2019
15 February 2019 Clifford Llewellyn 15 February 2019
15 February 2019 Raymond Flowerdew 15 February 2019
15 February 2019 Nigel David Bratton 15 February 2019
17 February 2019 Malcolm Barry Creed 17 February 2019
18 February 2019 Susan Anne Barrett 17 February 2019
18 February 2019 Gweneth Georgina Williams 16 February 2019
19 February 2019 Cecil Watkins 15 February 2019
19 February 2019 James Frederick Rayner 15 February 2019
20 February 2019 Elsie Lloyd 19 February 2019
20 February 2019 Pauline Morgan 19 February 2019
21 February 2019 Frank Eckermann 20 February 2019
21 February 2019 Ida Dunning 17 February 2019
21 February 2019 Nadia Hodsman 20 February 2019
21 February 2019 Gwyneth Gill 18 February 2019
21 February 2019 Barbara Kadwell 21 February 2019
22 February 2019 Irene Hole 21 February 2019
22 February 2019 Veronica Chambers 20 February 2019

Inquest conclusions in the current and previous month

Name of deceased Date of conclusion Conclusion
Katie Yasmin Smith 7 January 2019 Road traffic collision
Elijah Elliott Scott Martin 14 January 2019 Narrative
Rachel Mary Box 14 January 2019 Narrative
Mary Bertha Johnson 21 January 2019 Accidental death
Peter Robert Smith 23 January 2019 Suicide
Maureen Leedham 30 January 2019 Accidental death
Robert Tracey Sissons 4 February 2019 Drug related
Benjamin Edward Reid 6 February 2019 Accidental death
Ann Fletcher 6 February 2019 Accidental death
Francis Arthur Yates 8 February 2019 Accidental death
Ione Elsie Sell 11 February 2019 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
Late of Bronze Age Hoard of 5 Axes 4 March 2019 12.30pm
Post Medieval Silver Dress Fitting Fragment 6 March 2019 11.30am