A YOUNG man who was found hanged in woodland near his home intended to take his own life, a coroner ruled today. (Wednesday, September 10)

Dean Robson, of Consett, County Durham, was found dead near the town’s Moorside Industrial Estate.

The 22-year-old went missing on Sunday, July 13, when he failed to turn up for a night shift at the International Cuisine factory.

Concerns for his welfare were reported to police the next day and a search operation was launched but his body was discovered by his uncle on Tuesday, July 15.

An inquest held into his death at Crook Coroner’s Court heard that Mr Robson had made earlier attempts on his life but his family had been able to save him.

Det Con Lindsey Hill, of Stanley CID, told the inquest she learnt Mr Robson had had a problem with mephedrone and cannabis and owed people money for drugs.

He had also never come to terms with his father’s death two years ago, which followed a long illness, and had been to the funeral of a friend’s mother.

Coroner Andrew Tweddle said the cause of death was due to hanging and that drugs were found in his system.

He ruled that Mr Robson intended to take his own life.