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Dorset Coroners service Inquests and Hearings

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.

Our Office is open Monday to Thursday 9am to 4pm and on Fridays 9am to 3.30pm, except for Bank Holidays, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

Our address is : Civic Centre, Bourne Avenue, Bournemouth. BH2 6DY.

01202 123 900

The Coroner's team

The Senior Coroner for Dorset is Mrs Rachael Griffin. The Area Coroner for Dorset is Mr Brendan Allen. The Assistant Coroners are Mr Richard Middleton, Mr Grant Davies, Mrs Victoria Cook and Mrs Deborah Rookes. You can contact them at the Coroner's 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 do not contact the Coroner's Court office, staff or police press office as they cannot give you any further information.

In Person Attendance and Remote access for members of the Press and Public

The courts are open to members of the press and the public, except in exceptional circumstances.

If you wish to attend court in person, it would be helpful if you could notify our offices in advance.

Under the current legislation, participants to inquests including interested persons and witnesses are permitted, with the Coroner's approval, to attend remotely.

For anyone wishing to observe remotely, permission from the Coroner may also be granted.

All requests to attend hearings remotely will be placed before the Coroner for approval. In order to allow sufficient time to consider any request please complete the relevant document, with as much detail as possible and submit a minimum of two working days prior to the hearing. The form is accessed by clicking the above link.

The document must then be submitted by email to:

Inquests to be opened week commencing 17 June 2024

Location: Dorset Coroner's Court, Civic Centre, Bourne Avenue, Bournemouth, BH2 6DY

Date Deceased Date of Death Place of Death Place of Residence Time of Hearing Age Coroner
Monday 17 June 2024              
Tuesday 18 June 2024              
Wednesday 19 June 2024              
Thursday 20 June 2024              
Friday 21 June 2024              

Inquests to be held week commencing 17 June 2024 to Friday 28 June 2024

Location: Dorset Coroner's Court, Civic Centre, Bourne Avenue, Bournemouth, BH2 6DY

Date Deceased

Date of Death

Place of Death Place of Residence Time of Hearing Age Coroner

Monday 17 June 2024

Dylan Matthew Hall  08.10.2023 Bournemouth Bournemouth  10.00am 25  Brendan Allen 


Male Unknown  01.07.2023 Studland  Unknown   3.00pm (PIR) Unknown Brendan Allen 

Tuesday 18 June 2024 

Paul Christopher Tavani 21.08.2023 Bournemouth  Bournemouth  9.30am 61 Brendan Allen 

Wednesday 19 June 2024

Michael Robert Taylor  16.09.2024 Southampton  Bournemouth 10.00am (PIR) 62 Brendan Allen 


Tracy Ann Williams  27.10.2023 Christchurch  Christchurch  10.00am  57 Richard Middleton 


Joseph Ian Abbess 31.05.2023 Bournemouth  Southampton  11.00am (PIR) 17 Rachael Griffin 


Sunnah Summayah Khan 31.05.2023 Poole High Wycombe  11.00am (PIR) 12

Rachael Griffin


Frederick George Eyles 03.02.2024 Christchurch Bransgore  11.30am 80 Richard Middleton 


Agnes Fyfe McLaren 14.01.2024 Dorchester Bournemouth 2.00pm 91 Brendan Allen


Heather Mary Fullerton  19.10.2023 Blandford Forum  Blandford Forum  2.00pm  81 Richard Middleton 

Thursday 20 June 2024

Aeneas Timothy Hart  09.09.2023 Bournemouth  Bournemouth  9.00am 50 Brendan Allen 


Haydn John Griffiths 03.11.2023 Dorchester  Weymouth  9.30am 77  Brendan Allen 


Yvonne Stewart Cropper  22.10.2023 Poole  Wimborne  10.00am 94 Richard Middleton 


Harold Roper  04.10.2023 Poole Christchurch  2.00pm  96 Richard Middleton 

Friday 21 June 2024

Francis Kelvin Johnson  23.09.2023 Isle of Skye Sturminster Newton  2.00pm  74 Richard Middleton 


David Reginald Lelliott 24.02.24 Poole Ringwood  3.00pm  91 Richard Middleton 



Monday 24 June 2024

Christine Elizabeth Dominey  16.01.2024  Swanage  Swanage  2.00pm  77  Brendan Allen 

Tuesday 25 June 2024

Roger Masterman 01.03.2024 Christchurch Christchurch 10.00am 71 Richard Middleton


Barbara Herd 20.02.2024 Poole Ferndown 11.30am 92 Richard Middleton


Bernadette Lucy Doyle 16.10.2023 Bournemouth Bournemouth 12.00pm 44 Brendan Allen


Celia Rosalind Peaty 05.03.2024 Blandford Forum Blandford Forum 2.00pm 93 Richard Middleton

Wednesday 26 June 2024

William Robertson White 28.01.2024 Bournemouth Bournemouth 10.00am 83 Richard Middleton


Doris Irene Moles 16.02.2024 Lyme Regis Lyme Regis 10.30am 96 Richard Middleton


John Robert Yates 28.11.2023 Verwood Verwood 11.30am 77 Richard Middleton

Thursday 27 June 2024

Matthew James Norris 15.02.2024 Bridport Bridport 10.00am 48 Richard Middleton


William Edward Marsh 18.12.2023 Sherborne Sherborne 11.30am 72 Richard Middleton


Jacqueline Tucker 10.02.2024 Southampton Wimborne 2.00pm 76 Richard Middleton

Friday 28 June 2024

Jack Christopher Tennant 21.02.2024 Portland Portland 10.00am 36 Richard Middleton

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 cannot give legal advice. If you are researching past cases you have to apply to the Coroner in writing first before you can be given the information you are 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

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.

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