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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

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.

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
3 January 2020 Town Hall, Hereford James Laurence MacKay 85 years Investigation
6 January 2020 Town Hall, Hereford James Malcolm Pickering 91 years Inquest
6 January 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Grace Decima Watkins 80 years Inquest
8 January 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Violet Doreen Hughes 99 years Inquest
10 January 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Justin Paul Weaver 46 years Investigation
15 January 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Mary Ridger 94 years Inquest
20 January 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Alexander William Scott-Wilson 31 years Inquest
24 January 2020 Town Hall, Hereford William Joseph Dzioba 24 years Investigation
27 January 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Isla Marie Oliver 4 months Investigation
29 January 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Millicent Hughes 94 years Inquest
31 January 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Paul Butler 43 years Investigation
31 January 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Warren William Roy Smith 48 years Investigation
10 February 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Sylvia Pearl Williams 83 years Inquest
14 February 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Joan Edith Rees 100 years Inquest
14 February 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Helen Violet Moran 66 years Inquest
17 February 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Edward James Morris 64 years Inquest
19 February 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Nicholas Andrew Loveridge 51 years Inquest
19 February 2020 Town Hall, Hereford Dennis Hitchings 94 years Inquest

Inquest and pre-inquest review hearings

Date Time Venue Name of deceased Age at death Place of death
24 February 2020 10am Town Hall, Hereford Eileen Beryl Bruce 89 years County Hospital Hereford
2 March 2020 10am Town Hall, Hereford Olivia Barbara Jones 77 years County Hospital, Hereford
2 March 2020 10.45am Town Hall, Hereford Richard Ellison Whitehead 82 years St Michael's Hospice
4 March 2020 10am Town Hall, Hereford Gillian Rosser Seager 74 years County Hospital, Hereford
4 March 2020 11am Town Hall, Hereford Edwin William Hempshall 50 years Ross-on-Wye
4 March 2020 11.30am Town Hall, Hereford Iwona Joanna Barylak 33 years County Hospital, Hereford
4 March 2020 12 noon Town Hall, Hereford Elsie Edith Wilding 96 years Leominster Community Hospital
9 March 2020 10am Town Hall, Hereford Joyce Elizabeth Kenney 82 years Hereford
16 March 2020 10am Town Hall, Hereford Jake Thomas Perry 15 years County Hospital, Hereford
1 April 2020 10am Town Hall, Hereford Clare Louise Winter 49 years Ross-on-Wye
8 April 2020 10am Town Hall, Hereford Crysta Marie Beaumont 46 years County Hospital, Hereford
15 April 2020 10am Town Hall, Hereford Lukasz Edward Kasinski
Mariusz Robert Siczek
34 years
45 years
Hereford
Hereford
20 April 2020 10am Town Hall, Hereford Christian David Bagley 30 years County Hospital, Hereford
29 April 2020 10am Town Hall, Hereford Philip Howard Jenkins 70 years Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham

Recent deaths referred to the Coroner

Date referred Name Date of death
3 February 2020 John Michael Preece 21 January 2020
3 February 2020 Maurice Beach 2 February 2020
3 February 2020 Ann Wilson Cooper 31 January 2020
3 February 2020 Keith Wilson 1 February 2020
3 February 2020 Diane May Thomas 30 January 2020
4 February 2020 David Wilson 31 January 2020
5 February 2020 Paul Alexander Emery 5 February 2020
6 February 2020 Patricia Lewis 3 February 2020
6 February 2020 Wendy Hamilton 4 February 2020
7 February 2020 Patricia Fryer 2 February 2020
7 February 2020 Janet Bray 5 February 2020
8 February 2020 Pamela Dorothy Webber 8 February 2020
10 February 2020 Marjorie Turner 7 February 2020
10 February 2020 Fiona Mallard 8 February 2020
10 February 2020 John Brown 9 February 2020
10 February 2020 Marjorie Notley 5 February 2020
10 February 2020 Marjorie Jean Oliver 9 February 2020
10 February 2020 Audrey Forrest 6 February 2020
10 February 2020 James Mager 6 February 2020
10 February 2020 Dennis Mapp 8 February 2020
10 February 2020 Patrick Sollis 9 February 2020
11 February 2020 Anthony Eccleston 7 February 2020
12 February 2020 John Sevenoaks 8 February 2020
13 February 2020 Carol Swinson 8 February 2020
13 February 2020 Donald McDougall 12 February 2020
13 February 2020 James Jenkins 12 February 2020
13 February 2020 Wayne Peter Lloyd 12 February 2020
13 February 2020 Gillian Harford 13 February 2020
13 February 2020 Joan Doreen Broderick 12 February 2020
14 February 2020 Sylvia Coman 13 February 2020
18 February 2020 Margaret Neill 15 February 2020
18 February 2020 Douglas Edwards 13 February 2020
18 February 2020 Mary Hibberd 16 February 2020
19 February 2020 Jose Davis 14 February 2020
19 February 2020 Graham Brown 12 February 2020
20 February 2020 Irene Jenkins 14 February 2020
20 February 2020 Winnie Austin 19 February 2020
20 February 2020 Eugeniusz Buszynski 15 February 2020

Inquest conclusions in the current and previous month

Name of deceased Date of conclusion Conclusion
Oakley Lola Rose Roden 6 January 2020 Narrative
Malcolm Leonard Foord 6 January 2020 Accidental death
James Malcolm Pickering 6 January 2020 Natural causes
Grace Decima Watkins 6 January 2020 Natural causes
Nora Browne 8 January 2020 Drug related
Doreen Mailley 8 January 2020 Accidental death
Florence Ethel Price 8 January 2020 Accidental death
Joyce Eileen Bright 8 January 2020 Suicide
Frances Pemberton Gray 13 January 2020 Accidental death
Barbara Anne Cook 13 January 2020 Natural causes
Tracy Elizabeth Roberts 15 January 2020 Narrative
Egidijus Poderys 15 January 2020 Suicide
Mary Ridger 15 January 2020 Natural causes
Evelyn Mary Benjamin 20 January 2020 Narrative
Robin Francis Knipe 20 January 2020 Accidental death
John Tennent 20 January 2020 Narrative
Anthony Stewart Davies 20 January 2020 Open
Christine Mary Slater 22 January 2020 Narrative
Steven Thomas John Lock 22 January 2020 Suicide
Jean Rosina Jones 27 January 2020 Accidental death
Bridie Ann Watts 29 January 2020 Drug related
Marian Davies 29 January 2020 Narrative
Guy Parry 29 January 2020 Alcohol related
Millicent Hughes 29 January 2020 Natural causes
Keith Michael Beavan 3 February 2020 Suicide
David Charles Boswell 3 February 2020 Suicide
John Lyndon Jenkins 3 February 2020 Suicide
Leslie Eric Davies 3 February 2020 Accidental death
Volodymyr Serhyeyev 3 February 2020 Narrative
James Ian Fuller 5 February 2020 Accidental death
Ashley Simon Nicholls 5 February 2020 Drug related
Anna Marie Austin 10 February 2020 Open
Elizabeth Adelaide Seaton 10 February 2020 Accidental death
Nicholas Adam Wilson 10 February 2020 Suicide
Chelsie Alice Jones 12 February 2020 Natural causes
Zari Oginga-Burston 12 February 2020 Narrative
Joan Edith Rees 14 February 2020 Natural causes
Helen Violet Moran 14 February 2020 Natural causes
Tristan Davies 19 February 2020 Drug related

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