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19 March 2020 12:39

Sainsbury's London

A gang of thugs smashed a Sainsbury's shop front in south London in a nighttime raid as supermarkets come under huge pressure amid coronavirus fears. Police said that Sainsbury's staff confronted the men, who became 'hostile and threatening' and fled outside before trashing the store front. Video shows thugs throw a blue sign at the glass entry, which shatters. Six men tried stealing alcohol from the New Kent Road store in Elephant and Castle at around 10.50pm yesterday by 'concealing spirits in their clothes' The Met Police confirmed four arrests on suspicion of theft and criminal damage. Sainsbury's told MailOnline there was 'an incident' at the New Kent Road last night, and they will be helping police with their enquiries.

The Met Police said: 'Staff had reported that six men had entered the store and began to conceal spirits in their clothes. Video shows thugs throw a blue sign at the glass entry to a Sainsbury's, which then shatters A larger group runs away from the scene of the crime, leaving a trail of carnage behind them 'Officers attended and four men aged 20, 21, 21, and 22 were arrested near the scene on suspicion of theft and criminal damage. These appalling scenes come as Britain's supermarkets come under unprecedented pressure from customers stockpiling amid fears of self-isolation. Hundreds of shoppers lined up outside supermarkets before the doors opened today after retailers enforced rationing measures to deal with a surge in panic-buying. Retailers have stressed that there is plenty of food in the supply chain, but shoppers need to act responsibly to ensure everyone can get what they need - particularly the elderly and most vulnerable who may find regular shopping difficult.

Tesco and Sainsbury's are limiting customers to buying three of any item, while Asda and Morrisons are restricting purchases across 1,250 regularly-bought lines. The biggest chains were dramatically stepping up rationing measures yesterday amid the stockpiling as millions prepare for weeks of home quarantine. Shoppers queuing outside a Sainsbury's in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire A Sainsbury's in London also saw large queues of people outside this morning Shoppers walked past empty shelves that had stocked loo roll at a Sainsbury's in Norwich Customers queue to pay for their shopping in an Asda in West Bridgford, Nottingham Elderly people wait for a Sainsbury's supermarket in Hertford to open to stock up on essentials Older customers queue outside a Sainsbury's in Leamington Spa for a so-called 'silver hour' There was a queue of hundreds of shoppers outside a Sainsbury's in Norwich, Cheshire And the capital could be days away from total lockdown after Boris Johnson yesterday refused to rule out 'further and faster' measures to battle the coronavirus. Some 953 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus in London alone - more than a third of the UK total of 2,626. In the centre of the capital streets are largely empty as people stay away amid the spread of coronavirus.

The statue of former British PM Winston Churchill was spotted wearing a face mask in his old constituency of Woodford Green in London on Wednesday morning THUGS smashed the glass doors of a South London Sainsbury's after raiding the store for alcohol amid the coronavirus crisis. Six men tried to steal booze from the supermarket in Elephant and Castle last night - becoming aggressive when they were confronted by staff. A Sainsbury's store was looted for booze amid the coronavirus panic in London Credit: snapchat And one of the men then catapulted a sign through the supermarket's glass doors amid the chaos. Footage shows glass covering the street after the dramatic scenes on New Kent Road just before 11pm last night. Met Police confirmed four men had been arrested on suspicion of theft and criminal damage after the drama. A spokesperson said: "Staff had reported that six men had entered the store and began to conceal spirits in their clothes. "When confronted by staff the men became hostile and threatening. Four men aged 20, 21, 21, and 22, were arrested near the scene on suspicion of theft and criminal damage. A Sainsbury's spokesperson said: "Our Sainsbury's Elephant & Castle store is open and we are supporting the police with their enquiries." Supermarkets have been put under immense strain as shoppers who are scared the country will be put on complete lockdown stock pile. Shoppers have been pictured brawling over toilet paper and booze as panic set in. Meanwhile footage filmed this morning shows hundreds of desperate customers lining up to pay for their items in Romford, East London, a day before the capital faces a total lockdown. Others pictures showed hundreds of people queuing to get inside supermarkets in Nottingham and New Malden, South West London, before they opened this morning. Yesterday, Sainsbury's announced it would limit sales of every item in its stores as it tries to stamp out panic buying. And older shoppers will have stores to themselves for the first hour of opening from tomorrow - plus get priority home delivery slots from Monday. A nine-month-old boy in Manchester is just one of the latest people to test positive for coronavirus this week while a baby in Norfolk was confirmed with the virus. London is the epicentre of the UK outbreak, with North Middlesex Hospital believed to have admitted more coronavirus patients than any other NHS trust. MOST READ IN NEWS SHUTDOWN Army readies 20,000 troops to fight virus as 'superspreader' London faces lockdown TREATMENT GUIDELINES How to treat COVID-19 and how long it lasts if you think you have it END OF THE LINE London Tube and train shutdown starts today with 40 stations to close CORONA CHAOS Iceland staff shove customer out of store as panic buyers' tempers fray Live Blog CORONA CHAOS London lockdown looms as TfL shutdown gets underway and death toll rises END IN SIGHT? London is braced to enter a lockdown within days - with extra travel restrictions for Brits in the capital. Shoppers wear face masks ready to go into stores Credit: Getty Images - Getty A gang of thugs have been spotted smashing a Sainsbury's shop front in south London in a night time raid for booze before the shutdown of the UK. Six men tried stealing alcohol from the New Kent Road store in Elephant and Castle at around 10.50pm yesterday by 'concealing spirits in their clothes.' Police said that Sainsbury's staff confronted the thugs, who became 'hostile and threatening' and fled outside before trashing the store front. Images emerged that show thugs throwing a blue sign at the glass entry, which shatters. The Met Police were able to confirm four arrests on suspicion of theft and criminal damage. The Met Police said: "Staff had reported that six men had entered the store and began to conceal spirits in their clothes. "When confronted by staff the men became hostile and threatening. When the group left one of them picked up a sign that was outside the store and damaged a window. "Officers attended and four men aged 20, 21, 21, and 22 were arrested near the scene on suspicion of theft and criminal damage.