Vacancy opens up for a replacement area coroner

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The search is on for a new area coroner to deal with sudden and unexplained deaths in the Preston area.

Lancashire County Council, who appoint coroners on behalf of the judiciary service, has advertised the £78,000 position, which will start on January 1, 2015.

The vacancy comes after current area coroner Simon Jones, who has been in the post around five years, announced his decision to retire.

The contract will initially be for a 12 month term, and thereafter for a renewable term of three years to support the senior coroner, Dr James Adeley.

A spokesman for LCC said: “This Coronial Area covers the districts of Preston, South Ribble, Chorley, West Lancashire, Lancaster and Wyre even though its name is Preston and West Lancashire.

“It is a particularly complex and busy jurisdiction and it is the type of cases that the Senior and Area Coroner of the jurisdiction have to deal with that presents the challenge rather than just the volume.

“The remuneration is in line with other Area Corners around the country for example in the Manchester and Hull and Humberside areas who have recently also recruited to Area Coroner posts.”

Last year, the Coroner’s Office dealt with 2,670 reported deaths and held 449 inquests, a number affected by the major road network in the area, large industries, major hospitals and four prisons.

If a prisoner dies in the care of the state, their death has to be investigated.

The recruitment panel for the job will include Senior Coroner for the jurisdiction, Dr Adeley, coroners from other areas, as well as a local authority officer.

The deadline for applications is August 19.