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Coroner and inquests

Remote attendance for members of the press or public

On 28 June 2022, section 85A of the Courts Act 2003, and the Remote Observation and Recording (Courts and Tribunals) Regulations 2022 came into effect, making it lawful to allow remote observation of inquests under specific circumstances. With prior approval, remote access is permissible via telephone or video link.

All remote access to Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Coroner's Court must be approved in advance by the Coroner.

To request remote attendance at court please email by 2pm on the working day before the hearing, stating the hearing you would like to attend, your reasons for wishing to attend remotely and whether you would like to attend by telephone or video. Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis and may be refused.

It is illegal to record any judicial proceedings heard in open court without permission of the Coroner, and to do so is a contempt of court under the Contempt of Court Act 1981.

Coroners are required by law to investigate any sudden or unexplained death. They are independent of both local and central government and are required to act in accordance with laid down rules and procedures.

In most cases, no further action is required, and the death can be registered as normal. However, the Coroner may decide to hold an inquest to establish the facts.

The Guide to Coroner Services is primarily for bereaved people but others involved in or affected by a Coroner investigation or attending a Coroner's inquest may also find it helpful.

Please note that hearings may change at short notice (Adjourned). Please check the evening before a hearing is scheduled, for the most up to date information.

Adjourned Inquests

Any Inquests or Pre-Inquest Review Hearings that have been adjourned are displayed in the table below. These will be rescheduled with a new hearing data. (The date shown is the date the hearing was due to take place on).


Upcoming Inquests

The following table lists the Inquests and Pre-Inquest Review Hearings due to be held in the next 30 days.

During the week following 22 July 2024, the following inquest will be dealt with in writing (i.e. without a hearing in court) unless representations are made to us.

Raymond Michael Pallister - Aged 42. Place of death - Cambridge. Date of death - 19 February 2024.


Inquests due to open

The following inquests are due to open on Thursday 18 July at 12.00pm by David Heming at Peterborough Town Hall .

Name Age Date of death Place of death
Richard Alan Smedley 82 28/06/2024 Leverington
Derek Hugh Kinnaird Rata 92 21/02/2024 Arthur Rank Hospice
Carole Irene Browning 77 23/06/2024 Peterborough City Hospital
Gareth Francis Fennell 22 25/06/2024 Chesterton
Beatrice Sarah Woodbridge 89 14/06/2024 Histon
Andrew David Penegar 51 03/07/2024 Chatteris
Jurgita Bajoriniene 44 18/03/2024 Wisbech
Bradley Ladeinde 38 08/07/2024 Addenbrooke's Hospital
Phyllis Mary Mitchell 95 19/06/2024 Cambridge
Paul John Chapman 47 30/03/2024 Cambridge

Contact information

The Coroner's Office can be contacted by email at or by telephone on 0345 045 1364. Office opening hours are Monday to Thursday, 8am to 4pm, and Friday, 8am to 3.30pm.

Mr David Heming is Her Majesty's Senior Coroner for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

He is assisted in his duties by:

Ms Elizabeth Gray - Area Coroner
Mr Simon Milburn - Area Coroner

Mr Philip Barlow - Assistant Coroner
Dr Sam Bass - Assistant Coroner
Ms Samantha Broadfoot KC - Assistant Coroner
Mr Paul Clark - Assistant Coroner
Ms Anita Davies - Assistant Coroner
Mr Tim Deeming - Assistant Coroner
Ms Caoilfhionn Gallagher KC - Assistant Coroner
Ms Samantha Goward - Assistant Coroner
HHJ Mr Philip Grey - Assistant Coroner
Ms Caroline Jones - Assistant Coroner
Mr Keith Morton KC - Assistant Coroner
Mr Nicholas Moss KC - Assistant Coroner
Mr Andrew Perfect - Assistant Coroner
Ms Lorna Skinner KC - Assistant Coroner