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England and Wales finally get first chief coroner

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e3743 (Published 25 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3743
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1 BMJ

Peter Thornton, the Old Bailey judge who presided over the inquest into the death of the newspaper seller Ian Tomlinson during the G20 protests in 2009,1 will become the first chief coroner for England and Wales next September.

Thornton was appointed to the post by the lord chief justice in 2010 but had not taken up his duties when the newly elected coalition government proposed to scrap the role in its cost cutting “bonfire of the quangos.” However, campaigning groups persuaded it to relent. …

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