Brits panic-buying loo roll as huge queues seen after fears grow of new lockdown

Panicked shoppers have been seen queuing in huge numbers for essentials such as toilet roll as fears grow of a second lockdown.

Giant queues were spotted snaking out of branches of Costco in Leeds and Chingford, north London, where metal barriers were installed to control the growing crowds.

It comes a day after Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned of new restrictions to come if the UK's coronavirus case numbers aren't brought under control.

Toilet roll sales have soared 23% in a week as pandemic panickers strip the shelves bare – even though makers say there is still plenty to go round.

Shoppers across Britain reported a rush on loo paper in most major supermarkets in scenes reminiscent of when the first national lockdown was introduced back in March.

One customer posted photos online showing a near-empty toilet roll stand at Asda in Llandudno, North Wales.

Other snaps showed just a few left in the same store’s Wrexham branch.

Midwife Sarah Milnes tweeted a photo of a loo roll- stripped shelf at Morrisons in Leicester describing it as "utter madness".

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Similar scenes were recorded in a branch of Sainsbury’s in Warrington, Cheshire, and an Asda in Pipps Hill, Essex.

One shopper wrote: "The shop was packed, unordinarily so for 7pm, so people were already panic-buying.

"This was after the mere threat of a lockdown."

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TV and radio host Shelagh Fogarty, 54, tweeted: "The loo roll and pasta thing is happening again."

Vape Nation eSports’ Twitter account urged Lidl to put restrictions on essential items as shelves at its store in Peterborough, Cambs, were "already starting to empty.

"Three-quarters of toilet paper was gone, all rice was gone, hardly any pasta left," it said.

WEPA UK, which makes own-brand toilet paper for stores including Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Asda, said they expected sales to remain high but insisted supplies will not run out.

Joint MD Mike Docker said: "We are doing all that we can to ensure stock remains available."

A spokesman for the British Retail Consortium said: "We urge consumers to be considerate and shop for food as they would usually during this difficult time."

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