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Coronavirus Kent: Medway carer urges people not to panic buy to help elderly cope

A carer who looks after her disabled sister has been speaking out about the difficulties of buying basic items from the shops as panic buying ramps up.

Shops have been bare leaving some people worried about how they are going to cope and people are being urged to think of the most vulnerable in our communities.

Spar in Twydall Green. Picture: Google Maps.
Spar in Twydall Green. Picture: Google Maps.

Linda Harrison from Twydall is pleading with shoppers not to panic buy after she struggled to get supplies from her local shops and bigger stores including Tesco.

The 57-year-old cares for her sister Elaine, 54, who is handicapped.

She says the past week has been fraught with difficulties in trying to track down staples including milk and bread.

The Lynsted Road resident said: "It's terrible. I went up this morning and I managed to get bread for my friend who is 90, she can't get out.

"Tesco is completely bare. I saw one man pick up nine packets of toilet rolls.

Panic buying had lead to queues like this outside Aldi in Strood last weekend.
Panic buying had lead to queues like this outside Aldi in Strood last weekend.

"There's some rude people out and about; they are just grabbing everything.

"There's no kindness. There's nothing in Spar at Twydall Green – no milk, no bread.

"I am on my own with my sister. She doesn't understand about this bug.

"There are kind people on the TV helping out and we have got nothing round here."

The manager of Spar, who did not wish to be named, said: "If people are coming asking for stuff if they are elderly, we are trying to keep it for them.

Co-op in Twydall Green. Picture: Google Maps.
Co-op in Twydall Green. Picture: Google Maps.

"We have got extra stock in. We are trying to give everyone a good service and we are really trying to prioritise them.

"It's quite difficult if we don't know what they need or what they want."

Liam Ward, manager of the Co-Op, also in Twydall Green, said: "We have been limiting the amount you can buy to two for about a week now."

He said whilst they would like to hold stock back for the vulnerable it was difficult to police.

Mr Ward added: "It's the same rules for anyone. The stock I have in store is the stock I have; we are not in a position that we can hold back.

"We have held back toilet roll for those we know can't get out."

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