Inquest opens into businessman’s death

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AN inquest into the tragic death of Hartlepool businessman Gus Robinson has been opened.

The much-loved 62-year-old granddad was found dead on Tuesday morning at his home in a private complex in the West Park area of town.

His son, Daniel Robinson, 35, was at the York Road office of Hartlepool Coroner Malcolm Donnelly yesterday to pick up paperwork so his dad’s funeral can now be held.

The inquest into his death was also formerly opened during a brief hearing and has been adjourned to resume next month.

Police have not confirmed the circumstances surrounding the death, but said they are not treating it as suspicious.

Gus was well-known in the town due to his work in business and in boxing, with his success seeing him awarded the MBE in the 1998 New Year’s Honours List.

News of his death sent shockwaves around Hartlepool and scores of tributes flooded into the Mail.

Politicians and sporting heavyweights are among scores of people to have praised the family man, property developer, boxing promoter and philanthropist.

Gus was born in Annfield Plain, County Durham, in 1949, but has spent almost all his life in east Durham and Hartlepool.

He set up Gus Robinson Developments in 1976, based in England and Spain, and employed people from Hartlepool and the surrounding area for more than three decades.

He also unsuccessfully stood as the Conservative party candidate at the 2001 General Election against Labour’s Peter Mandelson.