A set of security gates on Roker Pier, in Sunderland, have been labelled as an "eyesore" by local residents.

The £75,000 access points were only installed three months ago after the city's council felt that the old gates had become outdated. The "glimmering" new barriers were heralded as a success but have now faced opposition from passers by.

Residents told the Sunderland Echo that the once glistening stainless steel entrance has become dull and resembles a "rusty cell door".

The council has since admitted an "issue" with residue that had collected on the surface, a far cry from the original claim that they would create an "optical illusion" from the sea.

John Frances, from nearby Seaburn, told the newspaper: "I walked the dog past them the other day and they just look like an eyesore. They're not that much different from what they looked like before - a rusty old cell door."

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