HM Coroner Blackpool and Fylde

Her Majesty’s Coroner for Blackpool and Fylde is Mr Alan Wilson.

Coroner's responsibilities

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. In some cases the coroner may decide a post mortem examination is necessary to determine the cause of death. However in some circumstances, the coroner may decide to hold an inquest to further establish the facts surrounding the death.

The coroner will investigate where a death appears to:

  • Be due to violence
  • Be unnatural
  • Be of sudden and of unknown cause
  • Have occurred in legal custody


An inquest is a formal court hearing at which a coroner must establish who died and how, when and where the death occurred. An inquest must be held if a sudden death was violent or traumatic, or if the cause of an unexpected death has not been explained by illness or disease. Inquests are public hearings and are usually held at designated coroner’s courts in the district where the death occurred.

Forthcoming inquests
  19 January 11.30am Richard Thompson  
    1.00pm Samantha Johnson  Review
    1.30pm James Derick Smith  
    2.00pm Warren Brian Cardwell-Taylor Opening
  24 January 11.30am Ashton Molyneux  
    2.00pm Muriel Hawkes  
  25 January 2.00pm Alice Wainwright  
  31 January 10.00am Neil Marsh  
  7 February 10.00am Jason Hands  
    2.00pm Jodie Whitaker  
  8 February 10.00am Brendan O'Rourke  
    2.00pm Glenn Peter McDonald  
  9 February 10.00am William Brennan  
  14 February 2.00pm Sonia Moreton  
  15 February 11.30am Jacqueline Higginbottom  
  16 February 2.00pm Jane Collins Review
  22 February 10.00am Warren Brian Cardwell-Taylor  
  23 February 11.30am John Vickerman  
  28 February 10.00am Carlos Zach Perez-Berna  
    2.00pm Thomas Andrew Waite  
  7 March 10.00am James Howe  
  8 March 10.00am Stephen Cole  
  9 March 10.00am Ann Megson  
  14 March 10.00am Ian Mathew Ellis  
  15 March 10.00am Timothy Sherratt  
    2.00pm Arthur Beckett  
  16 March 10.00am Lisa Joanne Phillips  
  21 March 2.00pm Victor Hindley  
  22 March 10.00am Patricia Wilson  
  23 March 2.00pm Samantha Johnson  
  28 March 10.00am Tracey Parkinson  
    11.30am Andrew Marc Hall  
    2.00pm Kirsty Trotter  
  30 March 10.00am Victoria Sherratt  
    2.00pm David Ambler Pre-Inquest review hearing
  3 April 10.00am Macy Wren Battersby Day 1
  4 April 10.00am Macy Wren Battersby Day 2
  5 April 10.00am Macy Wren Battersby Day 3
  6 April 10.00am Macy Wren Battersby Day 4
  10 April 10.00am Margaret Guest Day 1
  11 April 10.00am Margaret Guest Day 2
  12 April 10.00am Margaret Guest Day 3
  13 April 10.00am Margaret Guest Day 4
  18 April 2.00pm Jason Parker  
    3.30pm Joan Andrews  
  19 April 10.00am Lisa Nyree Dodd  
  25 April 10.00am Michael Bullock  
    2.00pm Michael Turner  
  26 April 10.00am Robert Buttle  
  27 April 10.00am Gareth Damon Leonard Whiteside  
    2.00pm Michael Samuel Lowndes Turner  
  2 May 2.00pm Maxwell Harvey Lax  
  3 May 10.00am Ashley Adrian Herrington  
    2.00pm Daniel Faber  
  9 May 2.00pm Martin Bell  
  16 May 10.00am Wayne Alexander  
    11.30am Mark Miller  
    2.00pm John Damien Traynor  
  17 May 2.00pm David Ambler  
  23 May 2.00pm Alexander Milne  
  27 July 10.00am Keith James Harwood Day One
    10.00am Keith James Harwood Day Two


Blackpool and Fylde Coroner's Office

Municipal Buildings, Corporation Street, Blackpool, FY1 1GB
Telephone 01253 477128


The office is open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm except Bank Holidays when the office is closed.