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Coroners and inquests

The Coroner’s Office in Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire is continuing to operate as normal although staff are now working from home in line with Government guidance with regard to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

No routine inquests will take place until further notice.  We will continue however to deal with urgent matters in court which means that we will open inquests and deal with certain fast track inquests to ensure the deceased can be released in a timely fashion.  Such hearings will be dealt with on either Tuesday or Thursday each week until further notice.  Whilst these hearings are still held in court for legal reasons they are hearings where there is no necessity for families or the public to attend and it is strongly recommended that the Government guidance on physical distancing is maintained in order to protect the community and our team.

A process using remote technology is being worked on currently to allow other types of inquests to be held and families will be updated as this progresses. 

In the circumstances please send any contact to the office via email as detailed below.  The email is monitored every day and our team will assist you with any enquiries.

We would appreciate your understanding and co-operation at this time.

Inquest date


Name of deceased


Date of death

Place of death

Thursday, 6 August 9.30am Craig Batkin 53 1705/2020 Berryhill, Stoke-on-Trent
Darren Roy Beech 50 17/05/2020 Kidsgrove, Stoke-on-Trent 
Temujin Yucel-Finn 3 hrs 09/06/2020 Royal Stoke University Hospital
Roger David Kedwards 83 30/05/2020 Royal Stoke University Hospital
Philip David Clowes 71 27/12/2019 Royal Stoke University Hospital
Patricia Eaton 60 06/06/2020 Newcastle, Staffs
Friday, 7 August   NO INQUESTS      
Monday, 10 August   NO INQUESTS      
Tuesday, 11 August   NO INQUESTS      
Wednesday, 12 August   NO INQUESTS      
Thursday, 13 August 9:30am Florence Norma Biddulph 76 23/02/2020 Royal Stoke University Hospital
  John Hansell 80 14/07/2019 Longton, Stoke-on-Trent
  Grant Finney 41 30/01/2020 Newcastle, Staffs
  Gary Simpkin 52 26/01/2020 Royal Stoke University Hospital
  Anabelle Hassall 1 hr 04/07/2020 Royal Stoke University Hospital
  Iris Capper 86 01/03/2020 Royal Stoke University Hospital
  Albert Morris 75 03/06/2020 Tean, Staffs
Friday 14 August   NO INQUESTS      
Monday 17 August   NO INQUESTS      
Tuesday 18 August   NO INQUESTS      
Wednesday 19 August   NO INQUESTS      
Thursday 20 August 9:30am Simon J Brown 46 10/02/2020 Newcastle, Staffs
  Peter J Davis  77 25/05/2020 Royal Stoke University Hospital
  Michael Edward Ives 81 01/10/2019 Royal Stoke University Hospital
  Keith Jones 52 30/04/2020 Newcastle, Staffs
  Donald Ibbs 87 03/01/2020 Royal Stoke University Hospital
  Russell Rossiter 87 30/12/2019 Royal Stoke University Hospital
Friday 21 August   NO INQUESTS