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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 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
1 July 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Richard John Jakeman 65 years Inquest
1 July 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Michael John Lewis 70 years Inquest
3 July 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Courtney Vaughan Parker 82 years Inquest
8 July 2020 Town Hall, Hereford John William Edwards 75 years Investigation
8 July 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Timothy James Evans 46 years Investigation
13 July 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Jonathan Daniel Trevor Ward 34 years Inquest
20 July 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Margaret Watkins 79 years Inquest
21 July 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Andrew William Rollings 65 years Investigation
21 July 2020 Town Hall, Hereford June Mary Adams 62 years  Investigation
29 July 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Caleb Robert Horncastle 23 years Inquest
29 July 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Holly Ann Poyner 17 years Inquest
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

Inquest and pre-inquest review hearings

Date Time Venue Name of deceased Age at death Place of death
12 August 2020 10am Town Hall, Hereford Daryl Steven Sean Jenkins 53 years Ross-on-Wye
12 August 2020 10am Town Hall, Hereford Daryl Steven Sean Jenkins 53 years Ross-on-Wye
17 August 2020 10am Town Hall, Hereford Virgil Belei 38 years Ross-on-Wye
17 August 2020 11am Town Hall, Hereford Barbara Janet Nicholas 81 years County Hospital, Hereford
17 August 2020 11.45am Town Hall, Hereford Thomas Russell McGowan 69 years County Hospital, Hereford
19 August 2020 10am Town Hall, Hereford Timothy James Webb 56 years Hereford
19 August 2020 11.30am Town Hall, Hereford Keith Charles Jones 77 years Leominster
26 August 2020 10am Town Hall, Hereford Robin Mark Farquhar-Oliver 93 years County Hospital, Hereford
9 September 2020 10am Town Hall, Hereford Carlina Margaret Leake 29 years Hereford
9 September 2020 11.15am Town Hall, Hereford Stuart Martin Fletcher 55 years Herefordshire
14 September 2020 10am Town Hall, Hereford Scarlet Lilian Norman-Henly 20 years Kington
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
5 October 2020 10am Town Hall, Hereford Nicholas Andrew Loveridge 51 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

Recent deaths referred to the Coroner

Date referred Name Date of death
3 August 2020 Davina Dawn Stuchbery 2 August 2020
3 August 2020 Edna Middlehurst 31 July 2020
3 August 2020 Stephen Grahame Champ 2 August 2020
4 August 2020 William Allen Benkel 2 August 2020
6 August 2020 Martin Crisp 4 August 2020
6 August 2020 Frederick Lark 6 August 2020
6 August 2020 Margaret Elizabeth Crompton 5 August 2020
7 August 2020 Jason Pockett 5 August 2020
8 August 2020 Glenis Halstead 8 August 2020
10 August 2020 Sheila Brindley 7 August 2020
10 August 2020 John Davison 10 August 2020
10 August 2020 Valerie Dorman 9 August 2020
10 August 2020 John Gilbert Fisher 9 August 2020
11 August 2020 Carol Goodman 11 August 2020

Inquest conclusions in the current and previous month

Name of deceased Date of conclusion Conclusion
Kenneth William Jones 6 July 2020 Narrative
Nora Mary Hart 6 July 2020 Accidental death
Thelma Craddock 13 July 2020 Accidental death
Paul Butler 20 July 2020 Drug related
Peter Frederick Powell 7 August 2020 Natural Causes
Daryl Steven Sean Jenkins 12 August 2020 Suicide

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