DRAGGING her shopping bag up the almost-deserted high street, an elderly woman stops to kick an empty can of lager out of her way.
It's just a stone's throw from a plaza known as 'Suicide Square' on Shields Road, in Byker, Newcastle, where drug addicts and alcoholics waste away the hours.
The two-mile-long stretch of road in the crime-ridden suburb of Byker is strewn with rubbish and lined with boarded-up shops.
But it wasn't always the way for the neglected boulevard, which has been voted the worst high street in the UK in both 2017 and 2019.
Shields Road has undergone a dramatic change in fortunes since its heyday, which lasted from the 1950s up until the turn of the 21st century when it fell into disrepair.
The street was once a vibrant boulevard filled with boutique shops, cinemas and an upmarket department store.
But posh establishments have now given way to discount shops and a series of pubs, where stooped figures gather outside to smoke.
Homeless Jane Robinson, 40, has been forced to sleep anywhere she can along the road since losing her home while fleeing alleged domestic abuse.
"There are always drunks wandering the streets," she says, while gesturing to a small group drinking on the pavement at midday.
"You can see them congregating opposite the supermarkets so they can buy more booze.