New coroner David Heming pays tribute to ‘mentor’

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A NEW coroner has been appointed to replace Gordon Ryall, who held the position for more than 35 years.

David Heming, 54, will take up the post of coroner for Peterborough in April, having held the position of deputy coroner for the city since 1995.

He said he was delighted to have been appointed.

He said: “I am overwhelmed and honoured.

“It is a unique position and I am very fortunate that the retiring coroner, Gordon Ryall, has been my mentor for many years.

“His experience over 40 years in the role has enabled me to gain a tremendous insight into the many skills required for the role of coroner.

“Gordon will be an extremely hard act to follow given the service that he has provided to the local community over many years. I am extremely proud to be offered the opportunity to also serve the community.”

Mr Ryall has been coroner since April, 1975, and had been deputy coroner for the previous four years.

Mr Heming brings with him not only the experience as deputy coroner but also from the time he spent at Hunt & Coombs Solicitors, in Thorpe Road, Peterborough, where he is head of the dispute resolution department.

He has lived in Peterborough since 1982 and is married with three children.

As coroner, he will be responsible for investigating the circumstances of the deaths of people where it appears the death was violent, unnatural or of an unknown cause, as well as deciding whether a post-mortem examination is necessary.