Coroner’s service

The coroner is appointed to investigate unexplained deaths, and to conduct inquests where necessary. Coroners can also arrange for post-mortem examinations.

The latest information regarding the coroner's service in Northumberland, and how this service is operating during the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.

This information was last updated on 25 March 2021.

The Northumberland Coroner's Office remains open, however we may be working remotely in response to the COVID-19 virus. 

All information concerning case referrals, queries, and any other business should now be sent to our email address: This email address is monitored between 8am and 4pm (Monday to Friday) and we will respond as soon as possible.

PLEASE NOTE: The Coroner's Court continues to operate within the restrictions in place due to Covid-19. Please contact the Coroner's Office if you require any assistance.

 

The National Bereavement Partnership - COVID-19 Hub

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Please click here for more information about The National Bereavement Partnership.

You can call their free helpline on 0800 448 0800, open every day from 7am - 10pm.
The coroner is appointed to investigate unexplained deaths, and to conduct inquests where necessary. Coroners can also arrange for post-mortem examinations.

Which deaths are reported to the coroner?

Deaths will be reported if they were:
  • sudden or unexplained
  • unnatural 
  • during an operation, or from not recovering from anaesthetic
  • due to an industrial disease
  • in prison or in police custody 

What happens if the death is referred to the coroner?

  • The circumstances of the death may be discussed with the relatives of the deceased.
  • It will be decided if a post-mortem is necessary.
  • If the coroner requires more information about the circumstances, an inquest will be held.
  • Any paperwork necessary to register the death will be issued by the coroner.

What is an inquest?

  • An enquiry into the medical cause and circumstances of a death.
  • As the conclusion of inquests can take some time, the coroner may issue an interim death certificate.
  • An interim certificate can be presented to anyone asking for a death certificate, but you may be asked to produce the actual certificate once the death has been registered.

After the inquest, how do I get a copy of the death certificate?

  • When the inquest has concluded, you can contact the registrar (in the district where the death took place) and arrange to order a certificate.
  • There is a charge of £11 for each certificate.

Do I have to go into the register office for a copy of the death certificate?

  • No - you can order certificates on-line via the website (www.northumberland.gov.uk) or on the phone by calling us on 0345 600 6400. You must have your credit/debit card handy.
Please click here for contact details for your local register office.

 

Guide to Coroner's Services

The government have recently published a guide for bereaved people. The guide includes information about coroner investigation and inquest processes, as well as useful links to services which will provide you with help and support.

Please click here for the Guide to Coroner's Services.

North Northumberland and South Northumberland

Some dates are provisional and may be re-listed. Therefore, it is advisable to check with the Coroner's Office before travelling. If you have any queries about the listings, please telephone 01670 622 600.

Tuesday 11 May 2021 at Northumberland Coroner's Court, County Hall, Morpeth
Before HM Senior Coroner Andrew Hetherington
10am
Benjamin Paul Shepherd Final age 37 years died on 02/10/2019 Ashington
1pm
Margaret Apedaile Final age 78 years died on 29/12/2019 Cramlington

Wednesday 12 May 2021 at Northumberland Coroner's Court, County Hall, Morpeth
Before HM Senior Coroner Andrew Hetherington
R.23's
10am
Eleanor Jane Williams Final age 84 years died on 01/05/21 Bedlington
Jamie Michael Gray Final age 28 years  died on 30/12/20 Bedlington
Gary Akenclose Final age 51 years died on 14/03/21 Cramlington

Thursday 13 May 2021 at Northumberland Coroner's Court, County Hall, Morpeth
Before HM Senior Coroner Andrew Hetherington

10am
John Thomson Final age 83 years  died on 23/06/20 Cramlington
12noon
Joan Margaret Brammer Final age 92 years died on 21/10/19 Cramlington



 

HM Senior Coroner for North Northumberland and Acting HM Senior Coroner for South Northumberland

Mr Andrew Hetherington
County Hall
Morpeth
Northumberland

NE61 2EF
  • Tel: 01670 622600

Coroner's PA

Jane Tait

Coroner's Admin Support

Ann Battensby  

Senior Coroner's Officer

Linda Dean

 

Coroner’s Officers

Keith Lamb Michael Allen Karen Edger

All new referrals should be made on our online portal.  Any enquiries for North and South Northumberland should be directed in the first instance to 01670 622 600 or via coroners@northumberland.gov.uk.

If there is no reply, or if your call is urgent, please telephone the Coroner's PA on 01670 623 131 who will be happy to assist you.
 
PLEASE NOTE: The link below is for Police, GP and Hospital use ONLY.

Please click here to refer a death to the Coroner.