A CARE worker from Kidderminster is urging shoppers to stop stockpiling products at supermarkets after struggling to buy basic supplies for his vulnerable clients.

Jeremy Thomas shared a video of people queueing along the car park at the town's Sainsbury's store this morning (Thursday) and told The Shuttle he witnessed people pushing each other to get to the shelves.

He said: "I work in care so I look after children and adults with disabilities and elderly people, who are all on lockdown because of the virus.

"I've got a weak immune system myself but these people need food. They are not being greedy.

"One of the people I look after just asked me to get two lots of potatoes and a nurse friend of mine asked me to get a packet of toilet rolls because the shops are shut by the time she finishes work, but when I got to Sainsbury's I couldn't believe it - I've never seen anything like it.

Kidderminster Shuttle:

"The minute the doors opened people were barging their way in and grabbing things and throwing them in their trollies.

"There were people and pushing and shoving each other, beeping their horns while they were going round the car park, people swearing. It's shocking."

Jeremy is urging people to listen to Government advice and be considerate of those in greater need when they shop.

"There’s enough to go round," he said. "There are people like my clients who genuinely need this stuff, but the shelves are empty because our community has become a dog eat dog society.

"The staff are stressed as it is. There is no need for it."

The major supermarkets have started to impose limits on how many of each item people can buy in-store and online in a bid to stop panic-buying amid coronavirus fears.

This morning, Sainsbury's dedicated the first hour of opening in all of its stores, apart from Local shops, to elderly and vulnerable customers as an experiment.

Speaking on Tuesday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: "We are absolutely confident our supply chains are working, and will work, and we will get farm to fork food supplies.

"Therefore, people should have no reason to stockpile or panic-buy."