Thugs have started looting stores for alcohol as UK approaches shutdown due to coronavirus

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.

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 men, who became ‘hostile and threatening’ and fled outside before trashing the store front.

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Video shows thugs throw a blue sign at the glass entry, which shatters. A larger group then runs away, leaving a trail of carnage behind them.

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.

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A spokesperson said: ‘It’s a shame that these things are happening.’

The Met Police said: ‘Staff had reported that six men had entered the store and began to conceal 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.

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A spokesperson said: ‘It’s a shame that these things are happening.’

The Met Police said: ‘Staff had reported that six men had entered the store and began to conceal spirits in the clothes.

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