AN inquest looking into the unexplained death of a man found unresponsive in Braintree has been opened.

On May 17, Charles Sammut was found unresponsive in woodland area near Greene View.

Police and paramedics attended but his death was confirmed at 2.40pm.

Forensics were called to the scene and a cordon was put in place.

Officers were seen conducting door-to-door inquiries but an Essex Police spokesman confirmed the force was not treating Mr Sammut's death as suspicious.

During the opening of the inquest at Chelmsford Coroner's Court on Wednesday, coroner's officer Joe Lagrossi said: "Police confirmed there were no suspicious circumstances.

"On May 24 a postmortem was conducted at Broomfield Hospital where toxicology results were taken"

Senior Coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray opened and adjourned the inquest.

She said: "I will require a copy of the postmortem and the toxicology results.

"I would like to see the police statements because they attended and if any photographs were taken I would like to see them."

The full inquest will take place on August 20.