With residents asked to stay at home as much as possible, very few people could be seen out and about in South Shields on the first day of lockdown.

11 photos from a deserted South Shields on first day of lockdown 3

As of Tuesday, January 5, the United Kingdom has returned to lockdown.

Non-essential retailers and gyms were already closed due to the North East’s Tier 4 restrictions, and now schools have joined them.

With people told to work from home unless they cannot, South Shields was deserted this morning with both main streets and the coastline very quiet.

Our photographers captured these images from the town as lockdown measures returned.

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