A STONE'S throw from a row of police cars, a homeless man rummages in a bin looking for discarded cigarettes and leftovers.
We're in Luton, the Bedfordshire town branded the "worst place to live in the UK" this week in a new poll.
Despite boasting an airport and a popular university, many residents we spoke to agreed – claiming the London commuter belt town is plagued by crime, with young yobs running amok.
One resident, 83-year-old Peter Vaughn, who has lived there for 50 years, didn't mince his words.
“Worst place in the UK? It’s the worst place in the world," he tells us.
In December 2021, Luton had the worst crime rate in Bedfordshire for burglary, and was also the county's most dangerous area for criminal damage and arson.
Data from Bedfordshire Police reveals last year alone, 1,156 crimes investigated ended up with no suspect identified, while 982 resulted in no prosecution.
When The Sun visited there was a strong police presence in the town, with frequent patrols. We even witnessed an arrest.
But officers on the street don't appear to reassure residents.