A “LOVELY and caring” man took his own life in a country park in Wrexham, an inquest heard.

Phillip Anthony Lodge, 27, of Heol Kenyon in Johnstown, was found hanged in Alyn Waters Country Park near Gwysyllt on October 10, 2019.

An inquest held in Ruthin yesterday into Mr Lodge’s death heard that Stacy Louise Gardner, Mr Lodge’s partner of two months, had raised concerns with a friend of Mr Lodge over a series of text and social messages he had sent her indicating an act of self-harm could be taken.

Police were informed that Mr Lodge’s car was found at Alyn Waters Country Park and a search of the area was undertaken, whereby Mr Lodge’s body was found a short time later.

The inquest heard evidence from Mr Lodge’s family which stated that Mr Lodge had seemed “happy” and in “good spirits” in the week before his death, and Miss Gardner said she had “no idea” about the seriousness of Mr Lodge’s mental health issues prior to his death.

The inquest heard that Mr Lodge, who worked as a welder and doorman at the Pennyblack pub in Wrexham, had missed an appointment with the community mental health team and “didn’t talk to people much” about his mental health issues, but that he had been prescribed anti-depressants.

He had been sectioned by police following concerns for his safety on August 23, after he was found intoxicated and carrying a Stanley knife and was expressing that he planned to harm himself.

But Mr Lodge was discharged on August 24 after showing willingness and “determination” to overcome his issues and that he was not deemed suicidal.

The inquest heard that following his death, Mr Lodge’s family found that a note containing the password of his laptop had been left which contained a document detailing Mr Lodge’s thoughts at the time of his death.

Despite this, Mr Lodge’s family said they have “a million questions” about what happened and that Mr Lodge had tried to deal with his issues on his own.

Recording a conclusion of suicide, John Gittins, senior coroner for North Wales East and Central, said the cause of Mr Lodge’s death will be registered as hanging.

Family and friends describe him as a “lovely and caring young man who will be sadly missed”.