Shoppers form huge queues to purchase toilet roll and strip shelves

Desperate shoppers form huge queues to purchase toilet roll and strip shelves bare as panic-buying continues with the coronavirus pandemic sweeping across Britain

  • Shoppers were seen in queues at supermarkets as they tried to get their hands on toilet roll and hand sanitiser
  • Crowds gathered on paths beside Sainsbury’s in Ladbroke Grove and Savers in Wood Green, both in London
  • And another bizarre picture shows a man dressed in a combat-style hazmat suit carrying 27 toilet rolls in Bath
  • Food retailers have urged customers to shop responsibly during the coronavirus outbreak as shelves are bare
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Desperate Britons have been spotted in huge queues outside stores as panic-buying continues amid the coronavirus crisis.

Shoppers were seen in winding lines at supermarkets as they tried to get their hands on toilet roll, hand sanitiser and tinned goods.

Crowds gathered on paths beside Sainsbury’s in Ladbroke Grove and Savers in Wood Green, both London, as virus cases in the UK surged to 820.

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Shoppers were seen in winding lines at supermarkets (pictured, Savers in Wod Green, London) as they tried to get their hands on toilet roll, hand sanitiser and tinned goods

Panic-buying Britons are seen in a London Tesco this morning stockpiling on toilet roll and vital items

Shoppers stand in queues by the tills in Tesco Extra in Surrey Quays, south east London

Crowds gathered on paths beside Sainsbury’s in Ladbroke Grove and Savers in Wood Green (pictured), both London, as the threat of a lockdown looms

Shelves in this Sainsbury’s superstore in London have been cleaned out after people started stockpiling due to the coronavirus threat the the country

Another bizarre picture shows a man dressed in a combat-style hazmat suit carrying 27 toilet rolls in Bath.

Food retailers have urged customers to shop responsibly during the coronavirus outbreak as shelves are left stripped of goods.

British Retail Consortium members sent a joint letter to consumers asking everyone to work together to ensure there is enough food for the country.

It comes as scores of shoppers have been panic-buying essentials, including toilet paper, as fears intensify over the spread of Covid-19.

Retailers are currently working ’round the clock’ to help customers get the items they need, the BRC said. The letter aims to reassure customers, while calling on them to support each other during the crisis.

It said: ‘We know that many of you are worried about the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19). 

Another bizarre picture shows a man dressed in a combat-style hazmat suit carrying 27 toilet rolls in Bath

British Retail Consortium members sent a joint letter to consumers asking everyone to work together to ensure there is enough food for the country. Pictured:  Empty shelves in London

Food retailers have urged customers to shop responsibly during the coronavirus outbreak as shelves are left stripped of goods. Pictured: Wood Green’s Savers

Shoppers look miserable as they stand in line at Tesco Extra in Surrey Quays on Saturday morning

Shelves have been completely stripped across the country, with this Sainsbury’s store in London looking bare

‘We want to let you know that we are doing everything we can so that you and your families have the food and essentials you need.’

The letter added: ‘But we need your help too. We would ask everyone to be considerate in the way they shop.

‘We understand your concerns, but buying more than is needed can sometimes mean that others will be left without.

‘There is enough for everyone if we all work together. Together we can make sure we are looking out for family, friends, neighbours.

‘Together we will care for those around us and those who are elderly, vulnerable or choosing to remain at home.’

Firms are working closely with the Government and suppliers, and have arranged more store deliveries to ensure shelves are stocked, the letter added.

And outlets with online delivery and click-and-collect services are running them at full capacity.

Speaking on behalf of the retailers, Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the British Retail Consortium, said: ‘Retailers are working incredibly hard to keep shops well stocked and deliveries running as smoothly as possible.

‘In the face of unprecedented demand as a result of coronavirus, food retailers have come together to ask their customers to support each other to make sure everyone can get access to the products they need.’ 

Surrey Quays’ Tesco Extra saw huge at the tills as people continued to panic buy in south east London

People are rushing to superstores (pictured, Sainsbury’s in London) to grab goods before the coronavirus peaks

Toilet roll shelves have been completely raided at Sainsbury’s in London immediately after it opened at 7am

Shoppers were shocked after spotting a person wearing a full hazmat suit at a Tesco store in Somerset on Friday

Consumers shop in near empty aisles of a supermarket in London on Friday as consumers worry about product shortages

Consumers shop in near empty aisles of a supermarket in London on Friday afternoon, with numerous empty packages left by the aisle

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