Police were called after a man was spotted sunbathing in the middle of Hanley – without his trousers or underwear on.
Dozens of shoppers were enjoying the sunshine when they spotted the semi-naked man relaxing outside BBC Radio Stoke’s building and close to Hanley Town Hall in Albion Street.
The startling picture was shared with StokeonTrentLive to highlight the challenges facing the city centre post-lockdown.
The photo was taken by a man passing in a taxi at 2pm today (June 12).
He said: “The driver and pedestrians were shocked to see the guy on the floor with no kegs on.
“It looked like he was off his t*ts.
“There was a security guard in close proximity along with the old bill.
“It’s not something you want to see in broad daylight in the city centre but unfortunately it’s becoming a regular sight.
“It’s a real shame what’s happening to Hanley with drug addicts, drunks and begging everywhere.”
Shopper Steve Clews has previously been threatened by an aggressive beggar after he refused to hand over spare change close to the HSBC in Crown Bank.
Just days later, Steve then witnessed a group of rough sleepers stealing post from the letterbox of nightclub Pink.
He has been calling for more to be done to stop anti-social behaviour in the city centre before it becomes a ghost town.
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The 36-year-old, from Meir Park, said: “Just the other day I was getting off the bus in Hanley and there was a man sleeping on the floor. I nearly fell over him.
“There was another man walking around with one trainer on.
“It’s not a great impression for when people first arrive in Stoke-on-Trent.
“I’ve rang 101 but it just seems pointless as you can be on the phone for hours. It’s pretty much every time I’m in Hanley that I see something.
“Nothing ever seems to get done. They just said they’d send someone down to take a look.
“It’s difficult but it’s no wonder Hanley is dying because no-one likes going there anymore. It’s just not a nice atmosphere.”
The latest incident comes as efforts are ongoing to improve Hanley as part of Operation Sparkle, an initiative from the Stoke-on-Trent Business Improvement District (BID) and Stoke-on-Trent City Council.
It has seen flowers planted, graffiti scrubbed off, bins installed, sculptures erected and benches replaced.
Addressing the issues facing Hanley last week, Richard Buxton, from the BID, said: “We are working with partners to create a welcoming city for our visitors and will continue to do so.
“Operation Sparkle is an ongoing process to deliver this goal.”
To report anti-social behaviour, call Staffordshire Police on 101 or to report a rough sleeper call the Rough Sleeper Outreach Team on 0800 970 2304.
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