Scuffles break out outside London supermarket amid coronavirus panic buying

Scuffles break out as crowds try to enter supermarket in Wembley, northwest London.

Food retailers have warned the Government that riots and civil disobedience could break out within weeks if production is unable to keep up with surging customer demand.

Producers and distributors are working at full capacity in order to keep sufficient supplies flowing into shops and supermarkets across the country.

But representatives from the sector have warned George Eustice, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, that current production can only be maintained for a matter of weeks and they fear the consequences if supplies start to dry up.

They also fear shop workers could become targets for abuse and even violence from increasingly desperate customers. The Government was asked to consider drafting in the police and even the military to ensure that lawlessness does not take over.

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