A body was found on Francis Street outside the Target loading bay at Centro Tweed Shopping Centre. Photo: Blainey Woodham / Daily News
A body was found on Francis Street outside the Target loading bay at Centro Tweed Shopping Centre. Photo: Blainey Woodham / Daily News Blainey Woodham

Man found dead outside Centro Tweed was a “good bloke”

THE man found dead outside Centro Tweed Shopping Centre On December 20 was a long-time hard drug user, friends say.

Often seen wandering through Coolangatta and Tweed Heads South, the 45- to 55-year-old man, thought to be homeless, was well liked in the community.

Described as an all-round good bloke by many, the man was doing it tough and evidently had not received the help he needed.

Those who knew him say he had been battling drug addiction for some time and sadly his death did not come as a surprise.

It is suspected the man was boarding at White Hall Lodge in Stuart St, Tweed Heads, prior to his body being found.

A staff member at the lodge declined to comment.

The Daily News is unable to publicly release the man's name, as NSW Police could not confirm that his family had been informed.

Police speculated the man died as a result of a "bad batch of drugs" upon the discovery of his body on the footpath outside Centro Tweed shopping centre.

But Tweed Byron LAC Detective Inspector Brendon Cullen previously said no cause of death was established and police would be waiting for the results of a toxicology screening for confirmation.

Det Insp Cullen urged Tweed residents to steer clear of all drugs.



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