The COPS was forced to drive customers on public holidays to a B&Q store after 400 cars showed up to collect orders online, which caused a “blockage” on the surrounding roads.
The DIY and hardware giant had closed its stores during the coronavirus lockdown – but customers can still select goods from its website to pick them up.
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Coronavirus deaths in the UK today reached another grim milestone of more than 11,000 after 717 more people lost their lives.
However, despite the ever-increasing spread of the killer virus, hundreds of buyers have arrived at B&Q in Nottingham’s Riverside Retail Park eager to pick up their orders online.
With an overload of customers, the police have been dispatched to assist in traffic management as Britain begins its fourth week of foreclosure.
Officers parked a van outside the store’s parking lot entrance and told motorists to come back later – in some cases on a different day – to pick up their errands.
Deputy Police Chief Steve Copper of the Notts Police said, “Lots of people used the B&Q pickup and drop-off service, but what happened was that a lot of people went to pick up their articles at the same time this morning.
“There were quite a few cars on the roads and on the ramps – at one point the estimate was 400.
“We worked with B&Q and kept the main roads open.
“We don’t ban or close people – we want B&Q to keep the store open. “
There were quite a few cars on the roads and on the ramps – at one point the estimate was 400
The police also ensured that clients followed guidelines for social distancing.
A B&Q spokesperson said, “We can confirm that the police are on site at Riverside Retail Park in Nottingham to support our team in traffic management. “
Writing online, customer Kelle Revill said police had “blocked” the entrance to the parking lot.
She added, “I was there and they told everyone to turn around and go home despite the collection orders.
“The roads were blocked, so I’m not surprised.
“I ordered Saturday and it says mine is ready but I got there just like the police did and they returned us, so I don’t know when I can take mine now because it says that they only keep it for two days. “
Others criticized the customers who made the trip, saying it was not an “essential” trip.
Helen Murray wrote, “People say about essential purchases, but why so much does it cause congestion?”
“It seems to me that they just ignore social distance and lockdown because it’s a holiday. “
Wendy Whiley posted: “Why is DIY essential?
“I know it’s something to do when you’re inside and that, but food and medicine are essential – bringing real people! “
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While most people locked out Easter, some Britons continued to ignore the restrictions – determined to take advantage of the weekend sunshine.
Temperatures rose to 26 ° C in some areas on Saturday and Sunday, as the government urged people to stay indoors over the holiday weekend.
However, that hasn’t stopped some from flocking to parks and beaches, with photos across the country showing police moving sunbaths.
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