Police cordon off the Drayton Tavern after the discovery of a man's body at the bottom of a stairwell.
Police cordon off the Drayton Tavern after the discovery of a man's body at the bottom of a stairwell. Nev Madsen

UPDATE: Police aren't ruling out foul play as they investigate the discovery of a man's body at the rear of a Drayton hotel.

Officers were called to the Drayton Tavern in Brisbane St about 7.20am today after the body of a middle-aged man was found at the bottom of a rear stairwell.

Darling Downs district officer Detective Acting Inspector Paul Hart said it was difficult to determine what had happened at such an early stage of the investigation.

"We have to look at, obviously, the scene, the location in which it has happened and speak to any other potential witnesses that have been around at the time," Det. Act. Insp. Hart said.

He said it was difficult to say how long the man had been dead.

"We are obviously going to get special forensic police to examine the scene more thoroughly so at this stage it is really too early to determine what has happened."

The cause of the man's death was the subject of intense investigation.

"In these circumstances we really can't rule anything out.

"It could be anything from a suspicious death right through to a tragic accident but as I said, it is too early to say."

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Police surround the Drayton Tavern.
Police surround the Drayton Tavern.

EARLIER 8.30AM: Parts of Drayton, Toowoomba, have been put in lockdown this morning after the discovery of a man's body.

Police have much of the suburb's main street in lockdown with officers surrounding the Drayton Tavern and parts of the Woolworths shopping centre.

Police tape is strung outside the Drayton Tavern and officers are speaking to members of the public.

Ambulances are also in attendance.

Much of the police activity is focussed on Brisbane St.

Police cordon off the Drayton Tavern.
Police cordon off the Drayton Tavern.

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