Cessnock Waste Management Facility. Photo: Peter Stoop

A Cessnock man has died in front of his friend within the grounds of the local rubbish dump.

The 54-year-old man, who is known to police, suffered multiple significant injuries, before dying at the scene.

Hunter Valley Police District Crime Manager, Detective Inspector Matt Zimmer, said the 46-year-old man who witnessed the death was assisting police with their enquiries.

“At about eight o’clock last night, the male accompanied detectives to Cessnock Police Station,” Det Insp Zimmer said.

“He’s provided us with certain information and we’re following up a number of things he told us last night.”

A forensic examination of where the man was located within the facility has been conducted –  it’s believed others were present before his death.

“We do believe there were other people in the vicinity of where the deceased male was shortly prior to his death,” Det Insp Zimmer added.

“Those people are unknown to us at this stage, so we’re asking for anyone who was in the vicinity of the Cessnock waste facility between 4.30pm and 5pm yesterday, if those people can make themselves known to us.”

Police are treating the death as suspicious and are investigating why the two men were there at the time.

“At this stage we don’t know if they were there unlawfully or not,” Det Insp Zimmer said.

“They were in an isolated part of the facility and it was approximately 4.30pm when the waste facility closed, so their exact reason for being there will form part of our investigation.”

Police are asking for anyone who lives near the facility and saw any people or vehicles around that time to contact strike force detectives.

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