Panic-buying shoppers queue in the road to stock up at Costco before second lockdown

PANICKED Brits are queuing in the road to stock up before the second lockdown hits.

Shocking aerial photos show a line of shoppers snaking its way through the Costco car park in Lakeside, Essex.

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Hundreds of Brits have hit the supermarket in similar scenes to the nation's first coronavirus lockdown in March.

Many shoppers could be seen exiting Costco with trolleys full of goods before the fresh restrictions on Thursday.

In Birmingham, customers wearing face masks patiently queued outside Costco to stock up.

The rain didn't even deter the throng of shoppers as they huddled under umbrellas in the car park.

One woman was pictured leaving the store with a trolley filled to the brim with toilet paper.

Others grabbed up bottled water and multipacks of crisps and cereal as panic buying sweeps England again.

In Watford, Herts, a man filled his trolley with booze, tomatoes and a giant cuddly bear at a Costco.

It comes as supermarket shelves were also stripped bare today after Boris Johnson announced a new lockdown.

This is despite repeated warnings against panic-buying during the pandemic as there is plenty of stock to go round.

Earlier this year, supermarkets were forced to introduce widespread rationing for the first time since World War Two as panicked Brits hoarded hand sanitiser, booze and loo roll.

Stats from the first week of March show that Brits spent nearly £60million extra on stockpiling essentials – with an extra £17.6million splurged on toilet roll alone.

Andrew Opie, head of food and sustainability at the British Retail Consortium, said last month: “We urge consumers to be considerate and shop for food as they would usually during this difficult time.”

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