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Liverpool urged not to panic buy £50m defender amid Van Dijk and Gomez injuries


Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp says the Reds should not be splurging £50million on a new defender “for the sake of it”.

Liverpool’s depleted backline has been hit further by injury after Joe Gomez suffered a knee problem while training with England on international duty.

Gomez was in “a lot of pain” according to Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate as he went down with none of his teammates around him.

He now faces a spell on the sidelines and there are even fears that the Reds centre-half may miss the remainder of the season and next summer’s delayed European Championships.

Gomez is the latest Liverpool defender to be ruled out through injury

Jurgen Klopp will undoubtedly scour the market for a new defender in January, but Redknapp has warned against spending big amid speculation the Anfield hierarchy could swoop for Dayot Upamecano or Kalidou Koulibaly.

“It’s a difficult one,” he told Sky Sports.

“I’ve heard people say that they’ve got to go out and get a really big signing because Virgil is going to be injured, but if he goes through the right rehab to get fit, he’s not going to be too far away from coming back in maybe March or April time as a guess.

“Normally it’s six or seven months, he’s an incredibly fit guy and he’ll be a good healer.

Van Dijk suffered a serious injury in the Merseyside derby

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It’s been an extremely interesting start to the season for Jurgen Klopp’s men.

They got their title defence off to a shaky start as they edged out a seven-goal thriller against Leeds, before going on to conceded seven in a hammering by Aston Villa.

Virgil van Dijk’s season was ended by injury in the 2-2 draw at Everton, leaving the title favourites looking far less secure at the back – especially with Alisson’s injury worries too.

But there’s no slowing down in what is going to be a busy campaign – with Klopp ensuring his men continue at full pace as they bid for more title glory.

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“You don’t want to bring in someone for the sake of it for £40m or £50m because you know you’ve got someone coming back really quickly.

“But if you’ve lost Gomez as well, you’re certainly looking to get into the market and try and bring in someone in January or as quickly as you can, be it a loan, be it a signing – but it’s not going to be easy to get players in.

“Your hands are tied to a certain extent because straight away, everyone knows you’re desperate so the prices are going to get inflated.

” Liverpool have worked the market so well, they’ve not always bought the big stars, they’ve made them stars.

“Virgil may be the opposite, they paid £75m for him but what his fee now would be, maybe three times as much as that because he’s such an incredible player.

“Defenders are at a premium because there’s not many good ones around that can play like Virgil, that can defend like Joe Gomez, who is still a young man.

“I really hope it’s weeks rather than months but I don’t like the rumours that are coming out of the squad.”





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Coronavirus UK: Archbishops say public should NOT panic buy – urging ‘calm, courage and compassion’


The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have urged the public to shop normally during the second national lockdown.

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and Stephen Cottrell, the Archbishop of York, asked for ‘calm, courage and compassion’ as England was plunged into a second national lockdown today, reported the Telegraph.

The message comes after a photograph emerged showing a shopper piling dozens of packets of lightly salted doritos on the till conveyor belt. 

Earlier this week queues outside a Lakeside branch of Costco stretched 1,300ft as desperate families waited to bulk buy items.

Stephen Cottrell

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and Stephen Cottrell, the Archbishop of York, asked for ‘calm, courage and compassion’ as England is plunged into a second national lockdown today, reported the Telegraph 

The message comes after photographs emerged showing wrestling shoppers hoarding lightly salted doritos (pictured) and toilet paper

The message comes after photographs emerged showing wrestling shoppers hoarding lightly salted doritos (pictured) and toilet paper

In an open letter published yesterday the archbishops said: ‘First, let’s be calm. By only buying what we need and not hoarding, or by reaching out to our neighbours as we did during the first lockdown, we can be stronger together in ways that are impossible if we go it alone.’

They asked people to join them online for a month of daily 6pm prayer. 

This week social distancing has been completely forgotten as shoppers battled over bargains in scenes of panic buying.

The extraordinary scenes showed Tesco customers wrestling near the shelves where discounted items were laid out at the end of the day.

Empty Shelves at the supermarkets as shoppers take what they can ahead of a national lockdown in England

Empty Shelves at the supermarkets as shoppers take what they can ahead of a national lockdown in England

First stop, Tesco bargain corner

The shoppers were keen to grab a deal

A group of shoppers break social distancing rules to battle it out for a bargain in the reduced section of a Tesco branch

Despite the fact food stores will be allowed to stay open during the UK’s second national lockdown, there have been pockets of panic-buying incidents throughout the country.

Tesco’s outbreak of retail rage – which was posted online with location unknown – saw thrifty shoppers hell-bent on grabbing a bargain physically shove each other out of the way in the reduced aisle. 

At one point, a man can be seen reaching out across the crowd of people to swipe a load of goodies off the top shelf, while a number of other shoppers grab handfuls of items from the various other shelves.

Twitter users have reported seeing similar scenes, with one adding: ‘Last week I had some old lady shoulder barge me to get to the reduced section even though I hadn’t even stopped to look at anything.  

Hundreds queue outside Costco at Lakeside a drone photograph showed yesterday as lines stretched 1,300 feet in length

Hundreds queue outside Costco at Lakeside a drone photograph showed yesterday as lines stretched 1,300 feet in length

Others seemed to buy more frivolous purchases alongside their stockpiling of essential items

Others seemed to buy more frivolous purchases alongside their stockpiling of essential items

Bare shelves at a Tesco superstore in Cambridge ahead of the national lockdown, as customers stock up on loafs of bread

Bare shelves at a Tesco superstore in Cambridge ahead of the national lockdown, as customers stock up on loafs of bread 

‘Five mins later I see her buying expensive bottles of wine.’

A second person said: ‘They do that all the time. Did it well before Covid as well.’

A third user joked: ‘I see nothing wrong in this video!’

Tesco’s reduced section has long been popular among thrifty shoppers and often provides a treasure trove of goodies including discounted meats, cheeses, and ready-meals as well as an array of pastries.

It emerged the day after supermarkets started rationing their products again after panic-buying hordes descended on food shops across the country today ahead of the UK’s second national lockdown on Thursday.  

A Tesco supermarket in Ely, Cambridgeshire, put limits on essential goods such as toilet rolls, flour and eggs. 

Boxes of eggs are bare after customers panic buy items before England's national lockdown

Boxes of eggs are bare after customers panic buy items before England’s national lockdown 

Shelves of toilet rolls are left bare after customers panic buy, despite the fact that food stores will remain open

Shelves of toilet rolls are left bare after customers panic buy, despite the fact that food stores will remain open

Supermarkets have been urging people not to stockpile items, but customers appear to be taking no notice and are buying large amount of non-essential items and cupboard goods, just as they did back in March before the first national lockdown.

Yesterday the shelves were bare in aisles at Asda in Cambridge and Tesco in Ely in Cambridgeshire.

Home delivery slots are also getting booked up, with many customers struggling to get slots and taking to Twitter to complain.  

Hundreds of customers had lined up to get into stores, including Sainsbury’s and wholesalers Costco, ahead of the shutdown coming in on Thursday.

Primark – which will have to close under lockdown – also saw queues outside its flagship Oxford Street store.

A retail worker at fashion chain Bershka’s Oxford Street store told MailOnline: ‘It has been really busy. 

‘It was half term as well so I don’t think it’s all been due to the lockdown.

‘But this weekend has been busier.’ 



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Panic-buyers lose their cool: Tesco customers wrestle to get hold of bargains in the chiller aisle


Social distancing was completely forgotten as shoppers battled over bargains in the chiller aisle as panic-buying plunged to new lows.

The extraordinary scenes showed Tesco customers wrestling near the shelves where discounted items were laid out at the end of the day.

Despite the fact food stores will be allowed to stay open during the UK’s second national lockdown, there have been pockets of panic-buying incidents throughout the country.

Shoppers have also turned to bulk-buy wholesalers like Costco to be able to stock up for the near month-long shutdown. 

Yesterday a 1,300ft-long queue could be seen at the Lakeside branch as families queued up to get inside.

The shoppers were keen to grab a deal

A group of shoppers break social distancing rules to battle it out for a bargain in the reduced section of a Tesco branch

Hundreds queue outside Costco at Lakeside a drone photograph showed yesterday as lines stretched 1,300 feet in length

Hundreds queue outside Costco at Lakeside a drone photograph showed yesterday as lines stretched 1,300 feet in length

Tesco’s outbreak of retail rage – which was posted online with location unknown – saw thrifty shoppers hell-bent on grabbing a bargain physically shove each other out of the way in the reduced aisle. 

At one point, a man can be seen reaching out across the crowd of people to swipe a load of goodies off the top shelf, while a number of other shoppers grab handfuls of items from the various other shelves.

Twitter users have reported seeing similar scenes, with one adding: ‘Last week I had some old lady shoulder barge me to get to the reduced section even though I hadn’t even stopped to look at anything. 

People concerned about being able to buy Christmas presents were seen, with one man buying a giant teddy from Costco

People concerned about being able to buy Christmas presents were seen, with one man buying a giant teddy from Costco

Others used bulk-buy wholesaler Costco to stock up on items, including cereal, milkshake and toilet and kitchen rolls

Others used bulk-buy wholesaler Costco to stock up on items, including cereal, milkshake and toilet and kitchen rolls

Rationing starts in Tesco 

Supermarkets are rationing their goods again as customers panic buy before lockdown on Thursday.

Tesco supermarket in Ely, Cambs, has put limits on essential goods, such as toilet rolls, flour and eggs, as shoppers panic buy before lockdown begins.

Supermarkets have been urging people not to stockpile items, but customers appear to be taking no notice and are stocking up on non-essential items and cupboard goods, just as they did back in March before the first national lockdown.

Today (Mon) the shelves were bare in aisles at Asda in Cambridge and Tesco in Ely in Cambridgeshire.

Home delivery slots are also getting booked up, with many customers struggling to get slots and taking to Twitter to complain.

Amsilks tweeted: ‘It’s already started * cannot get an online shopping slot at tesco in the next three weeks! Great everyone * As a teacher I’ll be at work after Thursday just like I have been since the first lockdown!’

Chris added: ‘Tesco we have delivery saver and a newborn and can’t get a delivery slot for days * is there anyway you can help us out?’

‘Five mins later I see her buying expensive bottles of wine.’

A second person said: ‘They do that all the time. Did it well before Covid as well.’

A third user joked: ‘I see nothing wrong in this video!’

Tesco’s reduced section has long been popular among thrifty shoppers and often provides a treasure trove of goodies including discounted meats, cheeses, and ready-meals as well as an array of pastries.

It emerged the day after supermarkets started rationing their products again after panic-buying hordes descended on food shops across the country today ahead of the UK’s second national lockdown on Thursday.  

A Tesco supermarket in Ely, Cambridgeshire, put limits on essential goods such as toilet rolls, flour and eggs. 

Supermarkets have been urging people not to stockpile items, but customers appear to be taking no notice and are buying large amount of non-essential items and cupboard goods, just as they did back in March before the first national lockdown.

Yesterday the shelves were bare in aisles at Asda in Cambridge and Tesco in Ely in Cambridgeshire.

Home delivery slots are also getting booked up, with many customers struggling to get slots and taking to Twitter to complain.  

Hundreds of customers had lined up to get into stores, including Sainsbury’s and wholesalers Costco, ahead of the shutdown coming in on Thursday.

Primark – which will have to close under lockdown – also saw queues outside its flagship Oxford Street store.

A retail worker at fashion chain Bershka’s  Oxford Street store told MailOnline: ‘It has been really busy.

Empty toilet paper shelves in Asda in Cambridge on Monday afternoon after shoppers picked them clean of supplies

Empty toilet paper shelves in Asda in Cambridge on Monday afternoon after shoppers picked them clean of supplies

Empty flour shelves in Asda in Cambridge on Monday afternoon showed that some shoppers had started panic buying

Empty flour shelves in Asda in Cambridge on Monday afternoon showed that some shoppers had started panic buying

Shoppers queue outside Selfridges on Oxford Street in central London today ahead of the national lockdown on Thursday

Shoppers queue outside Selfridges on Oxford Street in central London today ahead of the national lockdown on Thursday

M&S shoppers book slots 

 Shoppers at Marks & Spencer can now jump the lockdown supermarket queue by booking a timed slot to enter the chain’s food halls.

With lockdown two starting on Thursday amid plunging temperatures, dismal scenes of supermarket queues and already booked out online delivery slots look set to become all too familiar once again.

Dubbed ‘Sparks Book and Shop’, M&S shoppers with or without a Sparks loyalty card can now visit its website and book a guaranteed time slot to shop at their local store without having to queue.

After a trial across 80 stores in Scotland and Wales, the scheme is now available to use across all M&S’s 566 food halls and larger stores containing food halls. 

Dominic Roberts, a store manager at M&S in Pontardulais, said: ‘At a time when it’s been hard to plan ahead, customers like the certainty of being able to book a slot and we’ve received great feedback about the service – especially as restrictions have increased.’

The move may prove popular for those who like to do a physical shop rather than head online to get groceries in.

‘It was half term as well so I don’t think it’s all been due to the lockdown.

‘But this weekend has been busier.’ 

Meanwhile, staff in a Zara shop just yards down the road said it has been ‘much more busy’ in recent days as the Government’s announcement sent people’s Christmas shopping plans into chaos. 

And those hoping to stay at home were also dealt a blow as delivery slots became booked up for the entire month. 

It comes after the Covid Quad committee, which has taken all the key strategic decisions during the pandemic, met in the Cabinet Office on Friday.

They came together for the crunch talks after doomsday predictions from the Government’s SAGE committee of scientific advisers.

Mr Johnson was forced to unveil the new lockdown  at a hurriedly-arranged press conference yesterday after plans from the meeting leaked.

The measures come into force from midnight on Thursday morning until December 2.

They close all but essential shops, restaurants, pubs, hairdressers and leisure centres.

The furlough scheme that pays workers 80% of their wages will be extended for a month, and travel outside the UK will be allowed only for ‘work’. 

Mr Johnson said it was the the only way to avert bleak Sage predictions of 85,000 deaths this winter.

He warned it that happened it would force doctors to choose between saving Covid sufferers and those with other illnesses. 

Shelves were bare in Morrisons in Newport, on the Isle of Wight, as shoppers got busy inside the supermarket

Shelves were bare in Morrisons in Newport, on the Isle of Wight, as shoppers got busy inside the supermarket

There was barely any hand sanitiser available in the shop, which was even labelled as a 'food bank priority item'

There was barely any hand sanitiser available in the shop, which was even labelled as a ‘food bank priority item’

Toilet roll was also in short supply with barely ten packets available for customers to buy on their shop

Toilet roll was also in short supply with barely ten packets available for customers to buy on their shop

Alcohol was also a popular choice for shoppers to drown their sorrows during the UK's second national lockdown

Alcohol was also a popular choice for shoppers to drown their sorrows during the UK’s second national lockdown

What are the rules for shops from Thursday? 

Shops that can stay open:

  • Food shops
  • Supermarkets 
  • Garden centres 
  • Retailers providing essential goods and services 

Shops that must shut (including but not limited to): 

  • Clothing
  • Electronics stores 
  • Vehicle showrooms 
  • Travel agents 
  • Betting shops
  • Auction houses
  • Tailors 
  • Car washes 
  • Tobacco and vape shops  

He said: ‘No responsible PM can ignore the message of those figures. We’ve got to be humble in the face of nature.’

A UK Government spokesperson said: ‘As the Prime Minister said on Saturday, essential shops will remain open, so there is no need to stock up. Our message to everyone is that people should be considerate in the way they shop.

‘The UK has a highly resilient food supply chain which held up well in the spring, and will do so again.

‘We continue to work closely with food retailers and the food industry as we have done throughout the response to the coronavirus pandemic. They report no overall supply issues.’

Mark Hall, waste management specialist at Business Waste said: ‘The second wave of panic buying that is occurring is utterly disgraceful. During the first wave we saw tons of perishable goods being recklessly stockpiled to only go to landfill in the weeks after.

‘There is no shortage of food or toilet paper as we learned from experience and we are only putting the pressure back on supermarket supply chains for no reason. We have to stop and think about the elderly and those who can only access their local shops for their weekly shop and stop panic buying.

‘If we continue to send food waste to landfill it will decompose, rot and produce methane, one of the most damaging greenhouse gasses. Food waste is best disposed of through anaerobic digestion and composting to minimise the harmful impact to the environment’

 

Key points in COVID lockdown Mark 2 

  • People can only leave their homes for specific reasons, such as to do essential shopping, for outdoor exercise, and for work if they are unable to work from home.
  • Non-essential shops will be told to shut
  • Restaurants and bars will be told to close unless they can operate a takeaway service. 
  • Travel abroad is only permitted for ‘essential’ reasons such as work, people can still return to the UK from abroad. 
  • Leisure centres, gyms, sporting venues, hairdressers and beauty parlours will have to close, although professional sport will continue. 
  • Key businesses that cannot operate remotely – such as construction – should carry on as before.
  • Places of worship can stay open for private prayer. Funerals are limited to close family only.  
  • The furlough scheme will be extended during the period of the lockdown 
  • Exercise is permitted with no limits on frequency, but organised sports – including outdoor activities such as golf – will not be permitted. 



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Did someone say LOCKDOWN? Panic-buyers form train of trolleys outside Sainsbury’s and Costco


Did someone say LOCKDOWN? Panic-buyers form train of trolleys outside Sainsbury’s and Costco – as Morrisons shoppers face waiting until DECEMBER for home delivery in London

  • Panic buyers descended on shops today to try and stock up their supplies
  • Sainsbury’s and Costco seemed to have had the most eager customers
  • It came after Boris Johnson announced a national lockdown from Thursday
  • Local councillor said ‘Only way things will run out is if people insist on buying’

Panic buying hordes descended on supermarkets and shops today as the UK’s second national lockdown loomed on the horizon.

Hundreds of customers lined up to get into stores, including Sainsbury’s and wholesalers Costco, ahead of the shutdown coming in on Thursday.

And those hoping to stay at home were also dealt a blow as delivery slots became booked up for the entire month.

The chaos began to unfold after Prime Minister Boris Johnson stunned the nation by announcing a second national lockdown after weeks of insisting it would not happen.

Lines of shoppers outside Costco in Croydon patiently waited to get inside the bulk buy store

In Bristol people were getting their supplies in ahead of the national lockdown on Thursday

In Bristol people were getting their supplies in ahead of the national lockdown on Thursday

In Sainbury's in Hedge End, Hampshire, many of the toilet roll shelves were very low on stock

In Sainbury’s in Hedge End, Hampshire, many of the toilet roll shelves were very low on stock

One shopper in Watford got in early to buy a snowman ahead of the new strict restrictions

One shopper in Watford got in early to buy a snowman ahead of the new strict restrictions

But shoppers descending on stores were met with bewilderment by onlookers – given that they will be allowed to stay open during the restrictions. 

In Croydon outside Cosco there were lines of people queuing up to get inside this morning after the weekend’s announcement.

The story was sadly the same in other supermarkets, with some shelves picked clean by shoppers.  

Shoppers needing to do their big shops were seen in Sainsbury's three days from lockdown

Shoppers needing to do their big shops were seen in Sainsbury’s three days from lockdown

A shopper outside Costco in Birmingham stocked up on toilet rolls ahead of the shutdown

A shopper outside Costco in Birmingham stocked up on toilet rolls ahead of the shutdown

Toilet products were incredibly popular among some shoppers in the West Midlands

Toilet products were incredibly popular among some shoppers in the West Midlands

Twitter users described desperate scenes inside and outside stores as panic buying gripped

Twitter users described desperate scenes inside and outside stores as panic buying gripped

Barking and Dagenham Cllr Andrew Achilleos urged people to act sensibly.

He said: ‘There is no need to panic buy. 

‘Just continue doing your normal weekly shop whilst following social distancing guidelines.

‘The only way things will run out is if people insist on buying literally everything for no good reason.’ 

Lines and lines of shoppers massed to get in despite them being open throughout lockdown

Lines and lines of shoppers massed to get in despite them being open throughout lockdown

Despite the cold conditions customers were keen to be able to do their shopping today

Despite the cold conditions customers were keen to be able to do their shopping today

Some shoppers are concerned stock of essential items could run out during lockdown

Some shoppers are concerned stock of essential items could run out during lockdown

Key points in COVID lockdown Mark 2 

  • People can only leave their homes for specific reasons, such as to do essential shopping, for outdoor exercise, and for work if they are unable to work from home.
  • Non-essential shops will be told to shut
  • Restaurants and bars will be told to close unless they can operate a takeaway service. 
  • Travel abroad is only permitted for ‘essential’ reasons such as work, people can still return to the UK from abroad. 
  • Leisure centres, gyms, sporting venues, hairdressers and beauty parlours will have to close, although professional sport will continue. 
  • Key businesses that cannot operate remotely – such as construction – should carry on as before.
  • Places of worship can stay open for private prayer. Funerals are limited to close family only.  
  • The furlough scheme will be extended during the period of the lockdown 
  • Exercise is permitted with no limits on frequency, but organised sports – including outdoor activities such as golf – will not be permitted. 

On Twitter David Clayton describe apocalyptic scenes as he ventured out into London.

He said: ‘Just had to go into the city. Armageddon. 

‘Like a scene from day of the dead. People with a look in their eyes that’s a mix of panic and desperation.

‘Quick buy stuff regardless of whether or not they need it. Horrible.’ 

There was also difficulties in trying to secure delivery slots to get food sent to homes.

In some parts of London, Morrisons had no availability for the whole of the month of November. 

It came after the Covid Quad committee, which has taken all the key strategic decisions during the pandemic, met in the Cabinet Office on Friday amid doomsday predictions from the Government’s SAGE committee of scientific advisers.

Mr Johnson was forced to unveil the new lockdown  at a hurriedly-arranged press conference yesterday after plans from the meeting leaked.

The measures come into force from midnight on Thursday morning until December 2, and close all but essential shops, restaurants, pubs, hairdressers and leisure centres. 

The furlough scheme that pays workers 80% of their wages will be extended for a month, and travel outside the UK will be allowed only for ‘work’. 

Mr Johnson said it was the the only way to avert bleak Sage predictions of 85,000 deaths this winter, which would force doctors to choose between saving Covid sufferers and those with other illnesses. 

He said: ‘No responsible PM can ignore the message of those figures. We’ve got to be humble in the face of nature.’



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Covid lockdown: Panic buyers strip shelves of toilet roll and pasta


Swathes of customers raced to bulk-buy household essentials this morning ahead of a second national lockdown next week.

Supermarket shelves across the UK were emptied of loo roll, pasta and tinned goods as desperate Britons prepared to hunker down at home for the next month.

The scenes come after Boris Johnson was last night catapulted into announcing a total four-week shutdown for England from Thursday until December 2 amid a rise in coronavirus cases across the nation. 

Today Michael Gove suggested that England could spend Christmas in full lockdown if the four-week November shutdown did not bring the rates of transmission in the country down.

Shelves are emptied of toilet rolls at a Tesco store in Grimsby as sawathes of customers race to bulk-buy household essentials this morning

Shoppers race to buy loo roll after Boris Johnson announced a total four-week shutdown for England last night

Shoppers race to buy loo roll after Boris Johnson announced a total four-week shutdown for England last night

Packets of pasta appear to be running low at a Tesco store in Surrey Queues, South East London

Packets of pasta appear to be running low at a Tesco store in Surrey Queues, South East London 

Hundreds waited outside Costcos in Manchester, London and Southampton, while shelves were stripped of loo rolls at Poundland in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire. 

Meanwhile at a Tesco store in Surrey Queues, south east London, shelves of pasta appeared empty as customers rushed to purchase the food item.

Lorraine Foster, who went to a Costco in Sudbury to pick up some Halloween treats, said: ‘The queue was enormous, it’s ridiculous. I think people are just starting to get a bit anxious now with the new restrictions about to come.’

Meanwhile, Ocado delivery slots were also in high demand, with the online supermarket saying it was ‘selling out faster than usual’.

Big chains such as Tesco and Asda said it was too early to tell whether people had regressed to the panic-buying of earlier in the year and reassured customers that they had plenty of stock to deal with increased demand.

Sainsbury’s said: ‘We aren’t currently restricting products. Customers can continue to shop safely and with confidence in our stores, where they will see we have good availability.’ 

A Tesco spokesman added: ‘We would encourage our customers to shop as normal.’

However, there were signs on social media that some customers were stocking up, with Twitter user Sinead Johnson saying: ‘I popped into Asda to get a few bits for my Halloween movie night and half the shelves were empty already. The panic buying has started.’

It is understood that supermarkets were given no advanced warning of a national lockdown. One source said: ‘The Government has blindsided us again.’

Today Michael Gove suggested that England could also spend Christmas in full lockdown if the R rate across the country did not fall enough. 

Appearing on Sophy Ridge on Sky News, the Cabinet Office Minister defended the Prime Minister’s latest move and said that over November the Government would review the data.

Customers empty the shelves of toilet roll at a Waitrose store in north London following the announcement of a second national lockdown

Customers empty the shelves of toilet roll at a Waitrose store in north London following the announcement of a second national lockdown

Shelves of toilet paper are emptied as shoppers rush to the stores ahead of a four-week national lockdown

Shelves of toilet paper are emptied as shoppers rush to the stores ahead of a four-week national lockdown 

Customers empty the toilet paper shelves as a Tesco store in Surrey Queues following the Prime Minister's announcement

Customers empty the toilet paper shelves as a Tesco store in Surrey Queues following the Prime Minister’s announcement

Shelves of pastas are emptied as shoppers prepare to hunker down at home for the next month

Shelves of pastas are emptied as shoppers prepare to hunker down at home for the next month

Shoppers queue outside a Costco wholesale store in Leeds as the country prepares to enter a second national lockdown

Shoppers queue outside a Costco wholesale store in Leeds as the country prepares to enter a second national lockdown

Shoppers rush to buy good at a Tesco store in Grimsby after the Prime Minister announced a four-week shutdown for England from Thursday until December 2

Shoppers rush to buy good at a Tesco store in Grimsby after the Prime Minister announced a four-week shutdown for England from Thursday until December 2 

Panic buying is back as people at Costco Manchester push trolleys in the rain today

Panic buying is back as people at Costco Manchester push trolleys in the rain today 

Hundreds waited outside Costcos in Manchester, London and Southampton. People are seen buying toilet rolls at Costco Watford

Hundreds waited outside Costcos in Manchester, London and Southampton. People are seen buying toilet rolls at Costco Watford

Asked if the national lockdown could be extended, he replied: ‘Yes.’ 

He said: ‘We want to be in a position where we can – and I believe that this is likely to be the case – have an approach where if we bring down the rate of infection sufficiently we can reduce measures nationally and also reduce measures regionally.

‘Because the regional approach is one that, wherever possible, we want to take because again we recognise it may be the case in the future that having reduced R below 1, having reduced national restrictions, we may see a specific upsurge in specific areas which will require specific regional measures.’

But he added: ‘We are going to review it on December 2 but we will always be driven by what the data shows.’

Shoppers braved atrocious weather in Southampton yesterday to stock up on household essentials ahead of the lockdown

Shoppers braved atrocious weather in Southampton yesterday to stock up on household essentials ahead of the lockdown

Mr Gove also explained that it would the Government had a ‘clear plan’ over the next four-week period to support the economy and to protect the NHS.

He continued: ‘With a virus this malignant, and with its capacity to move so quickly, it would be foolish to predict with absolute certainty what will happen in four weeks’ time, when over the course of the last two weeks its rate, its infectiousness and its malignancy have grown,’ he said.

‘And so therefore of course we will review what requires to be done but we have a clear plan over the next four-week (period) to support the economy and to protect the NHS.’               

Last night the Prime Minister was was forced to rush into his announcement of a second national after his plans were leaked from a secret ministerial meeting. 

The leak meant that the shutdown was on the front pages before the rest of the Cabinet had been told about the decision. 

Has the panic buying started already? Britons flood internet with memes as they stock up on ’emergency wine’ and tell of plans to rush to the barber as new lockdown looms

  • Cabinet source told Mail the return to lockdown will be announced next week
  • Social media users have shared memes despairing about the new restrictions
  • They joked about running out of toilet roll and others about stocking up on wine 

by Emer Scully and Joe Davies for MailOnline

Panic buying was back in the UK today as despairing Britons rushed to nearby supermarkets to stock up on loo rolls amid news the country could be heading into a second national lockdown next week.

Jokesters took to twitter to share funny memes about bursting through piles of toilet roll and filling their shopping trolley with booze. 

It comes after a Cabinet source told the Mail the dramatic move to return the entire country to tougher coronavirus restrictions will be announced next week.  

While most supermarkets have not reported an increase in sales yet, queues had formed outside Costco in Manchester this morning.

Toilet rolls were piled high in some customers’ shopping trolleys while a long line of shoppers snaked around the store.

Joksters took to twitter to share funny memes about bursting through piles of toilet roll and filling their shopping trolley with booze

Joksters took to twitter to share funny memes about bursting through piles of toilet roll and filling their shopping trolley with booze

Lidl has warned it will take action to stop bulk buying if shoppers try to take more than their fair share.

A spokesman said: ‘We hope all customers remain mindful of others when shopping with us to ensure everyone continues to have access to the products they need. 

‘Nonetheless, it is at our store managers discretion, should customers start to bulk-buy, to limit the purchasing of specific items at that store.’ 

And Tesco urged shoppers to continue as normal amid threats of a second national lockdown.

A spokesman said: ‘We have good availability in stores and online, with plenty of stock to go round, and we would encourage our customers to shop as normal.’

This morning Twitter was flooded with memes of panic shopping as people geared themselves up for an intense few days. 

While most supermarkets have not reported an increase in sales yet, queues had formed outside Costco in Manchester this morning

While most supermarkets have not reported an increase in sales yet, queues had formed outside Costco in Manchester this morning

Lidl has warned it will take action to stop bulk buying if shoppers try to take more than their fair share. Pictured, shoppers at Costco in Manchester this morning

Lidl has warned it will take action to stop bulk buying if shoppers try to take more than their fair share. Pictured, shoppers at Costco in Manchester this morning

A woman piled rolls of toilet roll into her trolley before heading home from Costco in Manchester earlier today

A woman piled rolls of toilet roll into her trolley before heading home from Costco in Manchester earlier today

Alongside an image of an Asda storefront, one wrote: ‘My morning in three acts. Act 1: Wake up and see #UKLockdown is coming. Act 2: 8.05am I’m not going to be one of those idiots panic buying. Act 3 9am.’

Another said: ‘People be going out panic buying toilet roll, while I’ll be in the beer aisle filling up me trolley #lockdown2’

One tweeted: ‘Panic buying juice bombs like it’s 2020 #craftbeer.’

Another added: ‘People will no doubt be panic buying Baileys and bog roll this weekend.’

Brian Roe said: ‘Get ready for the great bog roll rush pt2, starting today at a supermarket near you. Also starring pasta, hand sanitiser and tinned tomatoes. Get there early to avoid massive queues of stupid people.’    

The queues at Costco in Manchester snaked around the building and into the car park

The queues at Costco in Manchester snaked around the building and into the car park

This morning Twitter was flooded with memes of panic shopping as people geared themselves up for an intense few days

This morning Twitter was flooded with memes of panic shopping as people geared themselves up for an intense few days

Scientists from the Sage committee yesterday presented No 10 with bleak figures showing that Covid is spreading ‘significantly’ faster than even their original ‘worst-case scenario’ prediction.

Responding to reports of a national lockdown to be announced for England next week, Helen Dickinson, Chief Executive of the British Retail Consortium, said:

‘There is no circumstance in which any retail premises should have to close in a second national lockdown. 

‘In April and May, ‘non-essential’ shops were losing £1.6 billion a week in lost sales; now that we are entering the Christmas shopping period, these losses are certain to be much bigger.

Boris Johnson is expected to announce a national lockdown next week after his scientific advisers told him it was the only way to save Christmas

Boris Johnson is expected to announce a national lockdown next week after his scientific advisers told him it was the only way to save Christmas

‘The Government should consider very carefully any decision to close ‘non-essential’ retail. 

‘It will cause untold damage to the high streets this close to Christmas, cost countless jobs, and permanently set back the recovery of the wider economy, with only a minimal effect on the transmission of the virus.’

Last night a Cabinet source told the Mail that the dramatic move will be announced next week. 

It was not clear exactly what form the new lockdown would take, or what would be ordered to close or how long it would last. 

The Government now faces a critical weekend to determine the shape of the measures before an announcement.

Social media users joked they were preparing for a hunt for toilet paper in the days leading up to the second lockdown

Social media users joked they were preparing for a hunt for toilet paper in the days leading up to the second lockdown

The Prime Minister and Chancellor Rishi Sunak are said to have agonised over the decision because of fears it would leave the economy in tatters. 

But the scientists – backed by Health Secretary Matt Hancock and senior minister Michael Gove – told them the virus was on track to kill 85,000 this winter, and that it was too late for a so-called ‘circuit break’.

They called for a longer national lockdown – similar to the month-long shutdown in France – saying it was the only way to stop hospitals from running out of beds.

In a clear signal of the deep Government split on the issue, a Cabinet source said those opposed to a lockdown were ‘not prepared to surrender’.

Despairing Britons rushed to stock up on 'emergency wine' and book haircuts it was announced Boris Johnson is expected to announce a second national lockdown next week

Despairing Britons rushed to stock up on ’emergency wine’ and book haircuts it was announced Boris Johnson is expected to announce a second national lockdown next week

Details of the lockdown row emerged after the Mail disclosed how the Prime Minister has been warned by scientists – led by Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty and Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance – that all hospitals in England will be full by December 17 unless he took more action. 

A Sainsbury’s spokesman said: ‘We aren’t currently restricting products. Customers can continue to shop safely and with confidence in our stores, where they will see we have good availability.

‘We continue to prioritise elderly and vulnerable people for home delivery. We have more than doubled the number of slots we can offer across home delivery and Click & Collect and can now serve over 700,000 orders a week. This means there is good availability for everyone.’ 

Meanwhile, the public is strongly against bans on buying non-essential items in supermarkets during lockdown, a survey has revealed.

Shoppers were left outraged after items such as clothes, electrical appliances and toys were branded ‘non-essential’ by the Welsh Government.

Now a survey has revealed that the Welsh public oppose the move which was brought in as the country was plunged into a ‘firebreak’ lockdown last week.

The Survation poll found 59 per cent rejected the shopping restrictions – although they backed the purpose of the two-week firebreak lockdown.

A significant 67 per cent of people aged over 55 said they ‘strongly opposed’ or ‘somewhat opposed’ the ban on non-essentials.



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Mertesacker opens up on Arsenal panic buy after Man Utd hammering


Former Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker says he is happy to concede his arrival at the club in 2011 was a ‘panic buy’ but insists despite the circumstances he has no regrets.

A difficult summer which had seen Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri depart slipped into further disarray when they were beaten 2-0 by Liverpool at the Emirates and then suffered their heaviest ever defeat in the Premier League when Manchester United thrashed them 8-2.

Under heavy pressure to make additions to the squad, the final 48 hours of the transfer window saw Mertesacker, Mikel Arteta, Andre Santos, Yossi Benayoun, Ju-young Park all join the club.

Mertesacker would go on to make over 200 appearances for the club, win FA Cup three times and he is now the manager of Arsenal’s academy.

Per Mertesacker joined Arsenal in 2011

Speaking in an interview with Arsenal.com, Mertesacker revealed what happened in those final hours of the window and how he couldn’t say no to Arsene Wenger after speaking to the Frenchman on the phone.

“I consider myself to be a panic buy,” he told Arsenal.com. “I’ve got no problems with that whatsoever because sometimes these times are rushed.

“Football is rushed, especially when the transfer window is about to close. At that time Arsenal had two or three days to make adjustments to the squad. To join an English team, my favourite English team, and to join the Premier League was something I couldn’t turn down.

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“I was with the German national team during those last three days and I had to ask Joachim Low if I could go to London and have a quick medical.

“In my medical, I met [Andre] Santos, I became familiar with [Yossi] Benayoun, [Mikel] Arteta and Park [Chu-young] very quickly.

“It had to be messy, it had to be rushed. I didn’t care.

“I was just happy that Arsene Wenger called me and spoke to me in German. I couldn’t really believe it.

“It was so unreal those three days, as I said. To turn down an opportunity like Arsenal Football Club?

“I would always do it again, in the same format, in the same rush, in the same manner.”





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Pet owners reveal the panic-inducing moments that had them doing a double take


Looking ruff! Pet owners reveal the panic-inducing moments that made them do a double take – including a dog covered in ‘blood’ after devouring a lipstick

  • Pet owners around the world have shared their panic-inducing moments
  • Collated by Bored Panda, they revealed scenes where they had to look twice
  • Includes a dog who devoured a lipstick which made it look covered in blood

At first glance these scenes appeared baffling, bizarre or horrifying for pet owners – but after taking a second look, it soon became clear that it wasn’t as it seemed. 

Social media users from around the world shared the amusing photographs capturing the times their beloved animals unintentionally sent them into panic mode.

Collated by Bored Panda, the snaps included one dog who devoured a red lipstick which made it appear covered in blood to its shocked owner.

Here, FEMAIL reveals a selection of the most amusing moments…  

This cat appeared to be missing a portion of its leg, but after doing a double take, the owner realised it was just folded underneath the animal, while a toy was positioned in front of her

'Gave me a heart attack!' One pet owner admitted their dog (pictured) looked terrifying after getting a pine cone stuck in its mouth

‘Gave me a heart attack!’ One pet owner admitted their dog (pictured) looked terrifying after getting a pine cone stuck in its mouth

Collated by Bored Panda, the snaps included one dog who devoured a red lipstick which made it appear covered in blood to its shocked owner (pictured)

Collated by Bored Panda, the snaps included one dog who devoured a red lipstick which made it appear covered in blood to its shocked owner (pictured)

What a mess! This adorable cat created uproar in its house after cracking open a jar of paprika, with its owners first believing it to be blood

What a mess! This adorable cat created uproar in its house after cracking open a jar of paprika, with its owners first believing it to be blood

'My dog fell asleep under my daughter’s pillow and nearly gave me a heart attack,' one owner admitted after sharing the above photograph

‘My dog fell asleep under my daughter’s pillow and nearly gave me a heart attack,’ one owner admitted after sharing the above photograph

Why the log face? This animal appeared to be split in half when first looking at the image, until you realise it is sitting on its side

Why the log face? This animal appeared to be split in half when first looking at the image, until you realise it is sitting on its side

This dog appeared to be feeling unwell when sitting on the floor with something hanging out of its mouth - until it popped its head up and revealed the paper caught between its jaws

This dog appeared to be feeling unwell when sitting on the floor with something hanging out of its mouth – until it popped its head up and revealed the paper caught between its jaws

That is terrifying! This pet, at an undisclosed location, left its owner feeling very scared after placing its bone-like toy in the person's trainer

That is terrifying! This pet, at an undisclosed location, left its owner feeling very scared after placing its bone-like toy in the person’s trainer

Is that a tiger? The anonymous person who captured this photograph was stunned to discover the dog looked like a wild animal when sitting in the shadow of a fence

Is that a tiger? The anonymous person who captured this photograph was stunned to discover the dog looked like a wild animal when sitting in the shadow of a fence

Oh no! This adorable little dog created quite the mess when raiding the food cupboard at an undisclosed location

Oh no! This adorable little dog created quite the mess when raiding the food cupboard at an undisclosed location

When this dog sat next to a white cat toy one Christmas, its owners thought it had lost its tail before taking a closer look

When this dog sat next to a white cat toy one Christmas, its owners thought it had lost its tail before taking a closer look

'My dog almost gave me a heart attack today. I thought she attacked our other dog outside and had blood all over her face. Then I saw a seed and realized she got into the tomatoes,' confessed one owner after sharing the above image

‘My dog almost gave me a heart attack today. I thought she attacked our other dog outside and had blood all over her face. Then I saw a seed and realized she got into the tomatoes,’ confessed one owner after sharing the above image



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Aftab Shivdasani tests Covid-19 negative, says ‘Do not panic even if unfortunately you get it’


Actor Aftab Shivdasani has tested negative for the coronavirus, almost 15 days after being diagnosed with the disease. He shared the news with fans on Instagram and urged them to stay safe.

Aftab wrote in his message, “Hi everyone, I am very happy and relieved to be sharing with all of you that I did my Covid test again and by the grace of God, the reports came negative. Thank you for all your support and good wishes. Please know that this illness is very treatable and less than 20% cases are severe and need hospitalisation. Most of the people recover with medication at home so please do not panic even if unfortunately you get it. I once again humbly request and reiterate the importance of maintaining a social distance, using masks and sanitisers until the pandemic is over. Stay safe and protect your loved ones. Love, Aftab.”

 

After testing positive for Covid-19, Aftab shared his fears and apprehensions with Hindustan Times. “I was not prepared for this and was looking forward to be with my family. My shooting for Poison 2 was over and I was making all the preparations to fly to London. Initially when I got the result I was shocked. For the first few minutes I was disoriented because obviously I didn’t know how to react. There were a thousand thoughts in my head. My entire schedule was going to go for a toss. We hear, speak and read about but until it happens to you it’s still news. There are so many theories going around Covid about how fast it’s spreading, the mortality rate, the medication… The fact that the whole world is unclear about this is a little bit worrying. Slowly I composed myself and decided to deal with it,” he said in an interview.

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He was in home isolation, as advised by doctors and was being checked for the virus every 5-6 days. He also shared his excitement to return to work post testing negative. “I’m a fighter and I’ll always be one. I’m reading scripts and there are two films, a thriller and a horror that I’m in talks for. We’ll start shooting after a month. Before that I’m planning to visit my family and waiting for the doctor to give me a go ahead. Can’t wait to see my daughter,” he added.

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A QUARTER of panic-bought food ends up in the BIN: Hoarders warned stockpiling is a ‘false economy’ 


One in four items bought by hoarders goes to waste as shoppers are warned stockpiling is a ‘false economy’ a study has revealed.

The study, carried out by Topcashback, found that Britons spent nearly £10 billion a year on stockpiling items that are lost, forgotten or thrown away, causing unnecessary food waste and greenhouse gas emissions.

With one in four bulk buys going to waste, the report reveals that shoppers are continuing to subscribe to what the cashback shopping site describes as ‘a false economy’.

The study shows that 80 per cent of shoppers identified ‘saving money’ as the number one reason to bulk buy.

Conversely, almost a quarter also said they regretted stocking up at one point or another – with nearly half citing being worse off financially as the reason. 

It comes as panic buying across the UK has resumed amid fears of a second wave of coronavirus and another lockdown with shoppers reporting queuing for 20 minutes to enter shops before similar further delays at checkouts.

And online customers found it near-impossible to get delivery slots from Asda, Morrisons, Ocado, Sainsbury’s and Tesco – some didn’t have free slots for up to two weeks.

An empty space where toilet rolls would normally sit at the Tesco in Slough, Berkshire

Pictures from a Tesco in west London show shoppers have emptied shelves this weekend despite study showing one in four items bought in bulk goes to waste as warning to stockpilers

Pictures from a Tesco in west London show shoppers have emptied shelves this weekend despite study showing one in four items bought in bulk goes to waste as warning to stockpilers

However, shops have insisted that bare shelves would be quickly restocked. Pictured: A sign limiting three items per customer is displayed in a supermarket in Manchester

However, shops have insisted that bare shelves would be quickly restocked. Pictured: A sign limiting three items per customer is displayed in a supermarket in Manchester

The toilet roll running out at Tesco in Ely, Cambridgeshire, on Thursday afternoon as the store ration it to one pack per customer after customers have started panic buying items again

The toilet roll running out at Tesco in Ely, Cambridgeshire, on Thursday afternoon as the store ration it to one pack per customer after customers have started panic buying items again

An empty space where tins of beans would normally sit at the Tesco in Slough, Berkshire

An empty space where tins of beans would normally sit at the Tesco in Slough, Berkshire

Restrictions on items which vanished most quickly during the country’s first lockdown, such as flour and eggs, have been put in place.

However, shops have insisted that bare shelves once filled with toilet paper and pasta will be quickly restocked.  

The research showed that a quarter of purchases are wasted, predominantly because the product is not used before its use-by date.

The study estimates that the average shopper spends £200 a year on bulk buys that they do not use and ends up being thrown away – this works out at about £9.6 billion annually across the country.

The most popular items that were bought in bulk were tinned items, toilet roll, pasta, rice, frozen food and soap. 

Adam Bullock, from Topcashback.co.uk, said: ‘Shoppers believe they are helping the environment by bulk buying.

‘However, by continually throwing away a percentage of their purchases, they are making a negative impact, and are harming their wallet at the same time.

‘Being savvy with savings doesn’t necessarily require stocking up in bulk.’

**Been affected by panic buying? Get in touch at [email protected]**

Supermarket bosses have been forced to implement restrictions on essentials as shoppers continue to try and stockpile amid fears of a second lockdown. 

The executive director of Waitrose, James Bailey, told The Sunday Times that there was ‘enough food to go round’. 

He added: ‘But if one person fills their house will all the packs of pasta they can get their hands on, it inevitably means somebody else will go without. They could be the most vulnerable or key workers.’ 

It comes after Tesco became the latest supermarket to impose rationing on food and household goods.

In a bid to avoid the bulk buying which left shop shelves across the UK almost bare in March, the supermarket giant will limit items such as flour, dried pasta, toilet roll and anti-bacterial wipes to three per customer. 

Morrisons on Thursday announced rationing would be introduced on certain items in its stores up and down the country.

Charities for the elderly are also asking customers to be ‘mindful’ about the impact of panic buying on the more vulnerable in society.

Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK, said: ‘Earlier this year we heard repeatedly from older people and families deeply distressed about the difficulties they had getting hold of groceries and essential supplies.

‘Support with shopping has remained in high demand from local Age UKs for those who have found it hard to navigate socially distanced shops, are not online or are understandably anxious about going out.

‘No doubt many older people will be apprehensive that history may repeat itself.

‘We would urge everyone to be mindful of others when they hit the shops, particularly those who will really struggle if they can’t get what they need in their local supermarket.’ 

It has been reported supermarkets are boosting security and have doubled number of delivery slots amid fears Covid-19 panic buying could return. Pictured: Tesco in south east London

It has been reported supermarkets are boosting security and have doubled number of delivery slots amid fears Covid-19 panic buying could return. Pictured: Tesco in south east London

The executive director of Waitrose has slammed panic buyers saying their actions 'inevitably means someone else will go without'. Pictured: Empty shelves at a Sainsbury's in Wandsworth

The executive director of Waitrose has slammed panic buyers saying their actions ‘inevitably means someone else will go without’. Pictured: Empty shelves at a Sainsbury’s in Wandsworth

And restrictions on items which vanished most quickly during the country's first lockdown, such as flour and eggs, have been put in place. Pictured: Asda in Barnes Hill, Birmingham

And restrictions on items which vanished most quickly during the country’s first lockdown, such as flour and eggs, have been put in place. Pictured: Asda in Barnes Hill, Birmingham

The restrictions come as supermarket chiefs look to avoid a over repeat of the stockpiling panic seen in stores at the start of the pandemic in March.

Pictures from supermarkets across the UK have already shown empty or rapidly emptying toilet roll shelves, just days after the government announced tighter restrictions in a bid to stave off a second coronavirus wave.

A Tesco spokesperson said: ‘We have good availability, with plenty of stock to go round, and we would encourage our customers to shop as normal.

‘To ensure that everyone can keep buying what they need, we have introduced bulk-buy limits on a small number of products.

‘To help our customers shop safely, we will also have colleagues at the entrances of our larger stores to remind customers about the safety measures we have in place, including the legal requirement to wear a face covering.’

Asda said they had not witnessed any panic buying in their stores and so no purchasing limits were in place .

However, a shopper has pleaded for people not to be ‘selfish’ by stockpiling household items after shelves in an Asda store in County Durham were left completely empty.

Keith Jackson said shelves of toilet roll in Asda in Stanley had been entirely emptied on Saturday.

When the Covid-19 lockdown was first introduced earlier this year, Britain’s shelves were stripped bare with pasta and toilet paper hard to find.

And it seems with tighter restrictions put in place in the North East, people are reporting a second wave of panic buying.

After seeing the bare shelves in his local supermarket, Keith pleaded for people not to stockpile saying it ‘deprives the vulnerable’ of everyday products adding to their stress.

Keith said: ‘It was just the toilet roll for now, although it wouldn’t surprise me if the pasta and hand wash are next to be stockpiled if we have a repeat of six months ago.

‘I can’t stand stockpiling, I think it’s selfish and unnecessary. There’s enough product in storage to go around.

‘Stockpiling just puts undue strain on supply chains and deprives the vulnerable of everyday products, adding to their stress and anxiety.

A sign limiting three items per customer is displayed in a supermarket in Manchester

A sign limiting three items per customer is displayed in a supermarket in Manchester

‘This feels very much like it did the end of March when I had to go to petrol stations to buy toilet roll.

‘Sadly it feels some people have not learned anything in the last six months, their only concern is for themselves which is a shame.

‘It starts with a minority of people and then others start to panic and join in, for fear of not being able to get hold of the products they need.

‘Then it takes a month or two for the supermarkets to get their stock levels back to normal.’

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Hand-Made Maoist Posters On Trees Trigger Panic In Jharkhand Village


The Jharkhand Police said they are conducting checks in the area (Representational)

Medininagar, Jharkhand:

Hand-written posters, allegedly issued by Maoists, warning a “police informer” of action, were found pasted on trees in Jharkhand’s Palamu district on Monday, sparking panic among locals.

The police, on receiving information, visited Jharkhand’s Thekhi village and seized the posters, an officer said.

A search operation is currently underway in the area to catch those responsible for creating panic among locals, Sub-Divisional Police Officer Surjit Kumar said.

The posters, written in Hindi and signed CPI(Maoist), threatened to take action against a person, who they suspect is a police informer, Surjit Kumar said.

“We are conducting checks in the area,” he added.

According to sources, Maoists had been regrouping in the state over the last few months. Similar posters, challenging the administration and intimidating local residents, have also surfaced in the recent past in the state’s Khunti, Hazaribagh, Dhanbad, Giridih and Chhatra districts.

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