Coroner and inquests

Coronavirus (COVID-19) service update:

Coroners are sitting in open court for inquest hearings, but we have limited capacity for interested parties and members of the public to attend in person. Microsoft Teams is being used for all hearings so that interested parties and members of the press can participate in hearings remotely if necessary.

If you plan on attending, or if you would like access the Microsoft Teams meetings, please contact the Coroner Service on 0345 045 1364 ahead of time. Please do not turn up for a live hearing without checking with the Coroner Service first.

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.


Inquests due to open

The following inquests are due to open on Thursday 30th November 2023 at 12.00pm by Ms Elizabeth Gray at Lawrence Court.

Name Age Date of death Place of death
Paul Knowles 56 19/11/2023 Peterborough
Adrian Smart 47 31/07/2023 Addenbrooke's Hospital
Jean Hadley 76 11/09/2023 Peterborough City Hospital
James Stephen 81 18/11/2023 Addenbrooke's Hospital
Arturas Rudys 27 14/10/2023 Wisbech
Jack Bayford 20 17/11/2023 Croxton
Deepak Jadon 43 17/11/2023 Little Shelford
Matthew Purdy 25 09/01/2023 Peterborough City Hospital
Peter Turner 79 21/10/2023 Addenbrooke's Hospital
Simon Youngs 57 17/11/2023 Queen Elizabeth Hospital

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