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The Coroner

His Majesty’s Coroner for the Exeter and Greater Devon District which includes North, West and East Devon is Phillip Spinney.

The coroner investigates all unexpected, accidental or suspicious deaths (or both). He is assisted in this by officers from Devon & Cornwall Police as well as local pathologists.

Part of his work includes conducting inquests into these deaths which are attended by interested parties and sometimes expert witnesses.

Inquests are commonly held at venues that are conveniently close to the local communities or, in some circumstances, at County Hall in Exeter.


Philip Spinney
H.M. Coroner
County Hall
Topsham Road

Tel: 01392 383636
Fax: 01392 38363

South West Devon and South Devon are serviced by the Coroners appointed for Plymouth and Torbay Unitary Authorities respectively. They are:

Plymouth, Torbay and South Devon District

Ian M. Arrow
H.M. Coroner
Derriford Business Park

Administration office: 01752 204636.
Next of kin enquiries: 01752 487402.
Reporting of deaths in Plymouth: 01752 487401 or 01752 487403.
Reporting of deaths in Torbay and South Devon: 01752 487404 or 01752 487405.