A man sent a text message threatening to kill himself hours before he was found dead, an inquest heard.

Stephen Robinson, 27, of Ellenfoot Drive, Maryport, was found dead in woodland behind his home on December 19 last year.

David Roberts, senior coroner, heard that Mr Robinson had not seemed depressed or down in the weeks leading up to his death.

He had told friends he planned to reconcile with family members he had not spoken to for months.

Mr Robinson, who had been doing odd jobs but was unemployed, had also just moved into a new flat.

The father-of-three had been drinking with friends the previous night and had traces of diazepam and alcohol in his body.

In the early hours of December 19, long after the group had gone, Mr Robinson sent text messages threatening to take his life.

He was found dead the next morning.

The inquest heard that Mr Robinson had received help for depression between January and April last year but that support had stopped.

Mr Robinson was born in Whitehaven and grew up in Little Broughton, before moving to Workington.

He left school at 16 and completed an apprenticeship in bricklaying.

He went on to follow a career in the construction industry.

Mr Robinson's mother Tracey Wilson said: "He was fun-loving, generous and would do anything for anybody.

"He was always there when you needed him and was a brilliant son, when he wanted to be, and a good dad.

"He just lost his way I think."

Mr Roberts concluded that Mr Robinson, who was found hanged, had committed suicide.