Homeless man believed to have burned to death in Whitley Bay bin store


A homeless man is believed to have burned to death in a bin store after lighting a fire to keep warm.

The tragic drifter begged for a room for the night during the early hours of Friday morning, before returning to the storage area where he usually sleeps, his friend said.

But just hours later a blaze broke out in his regular sleeping spot, behind shops in Whitley Bay.

And after firefighters extinguished the flames a body was found.

Today Chris Parker has told how he will never forgive himself for sending his pal back out into the cold when he asked for somewhere to stay.

The 29-year-old said: “My friend came to see me and asked if he could stay at mine but I couldn’t let him. I really wish I had now.”

The dead man is thought to be a dad-of-one in his 40s. Chris said he lost…

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