Bournemouth Coroner's Service

A coroner is an independent judicial officer, they are assisted by coroner’s officers and secretarial staff

The coroner investigates and records the causes and circumstances of all deaths where the cause is unknown, or that was violent or unnatural, or occurred whilst the deceased was in lawful custody.

This information is only about our local coroner, you can find out more about the role of a coroner.

If you are concerned about a death you are entitled to raise these concerns with the coroner. You can contact the coroner's officers at:

Coroner's Office for the County of Dorset
Town Hall
Bournemouth
BH2 6DY

Tel: 01202 454910
Fax 01202 454977

The Coroner's team

The Senior Coroner for Dorset is Mrs Rachael Griffin, the Assistant Coroners are Mr Brendan Allen, Mr Richard Middleton and Mr Stephen Nicholls. You can contact them at the coroner's court office.

The Senior Coroner for Dorset covers deaths that occur in the administrative county of Dorset or where the body of a deceased person is found in Dorset even if they died elsewhere.

The Assistant Coroners act when the senior coroner is not available, they have the full powers of the senior coroner.

Find out about inquest hearings

You can find all publicly available information here, please don't contact the Coroner's Court office, staff or police press office as they cannot give you any further information.

Inquests to be held week commencing 18 December 2017

Location : Weymouth Magistrates Court, Westwey Road, Weymouth 

 

Date 

Deceased

Date of Death

Place of Death 

 Place of Residence

Time of Hearing

 Age

Coroner

Monday 18 December 2017 

 Jack William Gudge 16.07.2016  Bournemouth  Bournemouth   10:00am  17 Richard Middleton 


Inquests to be held week commencing 18 December 2017

Location : Coroner's Court, Town Hall, Bourne Avenue, Bournemouth,BH2 6DY

Date

Deceased

Date of Death

Place of Death

 Place of Residence

Time of Hearing

Age

Coroner

Monday 18 December 2017 Mary Donner Dight 19.06.2017 Poole Swanage 10:00am 83 Brendan Allen
  Ivy Isobel Balch 22.06.2017 Poole Wimborne 11:30am 91 Brendan Allen
Tuesday 19 December 2017  John Boughtwood 01.05.2017 Bournemouth Ferndown 10:00am 87 Richard Middleton
  Francis McLaughlin 04.05.2017 Bournemouth Bournemouth 11:30am 51 Richard Middleton
  Audrey Worrall 04.06.2017 Poole Bournemouth 2:30pm 82 Richard Middleton
 Wednesday 20 December 2017 Graham David Dines 05.06.2016 Poole Poole 10:00am 69 Brendan Allen
  Mary Bernadette Lune 19.05.2017 Wareham Bournemouth 11:30am 60 Brendan Allen
 Thursday 21 December 2017 Avril May Coombs 17.07.2017 Poole Bournemouth 10:00am 78 Richard Middleton
  Natalia Monika Witek 09.07.2017 Weymouth Weymouth 12:00pm 22 Richard Middleton
Friday 22 December 2017 Edward Patrick Fitzpatrick  29.11.2016  Bournemouth   Bournemouth 10:00am   75  Richard Middleton

 

Inquests to be opened on 13 December 2017

Location : Tregonwell Room, Town Hall, Bourne Avenue, Bournemouth, BH2 6DY

Date 

Deceased

Date of Death

Place of Death 

 Place of Residence

Time of Hearing

 Age

Coroner

Wednesday 13 December 2017

Kieran James Davies

06.12.2017 Portland Portland 2.00pm 19 Richard Middleton

 

Elizabeth Muriel Brown

04.12.2017 Poole Poole 2:00pm 76 Richard Middleton
 

Colin Arthur Denham

24.10.2017 Dorchester Dorchester 2:00pm 84 Richard Middleton


Inquests to be held week commencing 18 December 2017

Location : Coroner's Court, Town Hall, Bourne Avenue, Bournemouth,BH2 6DY

Date

Deceased

Date of Death

Place of Death

 Place of Residence

Time of Hearing

Age

Coroner

Monday 18 December 2017 Mary Donner Dight 19.06.2017 Poole Swanage 10:00am 83 Brendan Allen
  Ivy Isobel Balch 22.06.2017 Poole Wimborne 11:30am 91 Brendan Allen
Tuesday 19 December 2017  John Boughtwood 01.05.2017 Bournemouth Ferndown 10:00am 87 Richard Middleton
  Francis McLaughlin 04.05.2017 Bournemouth Bouremouth 11:30am 51 Richard Middleton
  Audrey Worrall 04.06.2017 Poole Bournemouth 2:30pm 82 Richard Middleton
 Wednesday 20 December 2017 Graham David Dines 05.06.2016 Poole Poole 10:00am 69 Brendan Allen
  Mary Bernadette Lune 19.05.2017 Wareham Bournemouth 11:30am 60 Brendan Allen
 Thursday 21 December 2017 Avril May Coombs 17.07.2017 Poole Bournemouth 10:00am 78 Richard Middleton
  Natalia Monika Witek 09.07.2017 Weymouth Weymouth 12:00pm 22 Richard Middleton
Friday 22 December 2017 Edward Patrick Fitzpatrick  29.11.2016  Bournemouth   Bournemouth 10:00am   75  Richard Middleton

Past Case Research

If you are researching past cases you have to apply to the coroner in writing first before you can be given the information you're requesting.

Requests for more information 

For more detailed information and/or copies of documents, you need to explain your relationship to the deceased and why you want the information.

Feedback and complaints

Complaints about a coroner's decision or the outcome of an Inquest can only be dealt with through proceedings in the High Court. The coroner's office can explain the procedure, but can't give legal advice.

All complaints about the administration of the Dorset Coroner Service, or the conduct of individual coroners or their officers should first be raised by writing to the senior coroner.

The coroner cannot normally discuss cases which she is or has been involved with, but comments and suggestions on improving the coroner service are always welcome.

 

Contact Us

Telephone/Fax

Phone

01202 454910

Fax

01202 454977

Address

Coroner's Service

Town Hall
Bournemouth
BH2 6DY

Online

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