Staff were forced to destroy produce worth hundreds to limit the risk of coronavirus spreading, as the nation continues to grapple with food shortages and rationing.
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Police are appealing for information after the two men licked their hands and wiped them over meat, fresh food and fridge handles on in a Sainsbury's in Morecombe.
The grim incident, described as "despicable" by police, happened at around 1:45pm on Saturday afternoon, and forced staff to chuck out food worth hundreds and disinfect the store over fears of coronavirus spreading.
One of the men is thought to be in his early 20s and has black hair, and he was seen wearing a black jacket, black tracksuit bottoms and grey trainers.
The other man is also in his early 20s with dark hair, and was wearing a black jacket, a white hooded top, black tracksuit bottoms and hiking boots.
Lancashire Police have asked the public for help identifying the pair.
Inspector James Martin said: “That anyone could think this sort of behaviour is appropriate or amusing even in normal times is beyond me, but at this time of crisis when many people have been faced with empty shelves in some shops is flabbergasting.
“It is utterly despicable and I would appeal for anyone who knows who these people are to get in touch.”
Mr Martin also said the duo should hand themselves in.
He continued: “I would also urge the individuals involved to do the right thing and come forward to speak to us – you must surely know that what you have done is wrong.
“During this current time we have seen many examples of people displaying the very best of humanity.
“This pair are sadly displaying some of the worst.”
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It comes as supermarkets across the country are continuing to ration thousands of products in their stores.
Sainsbury’s introduced rationing in March, banning customers from buying more than three of the same grocery products, and limiting the number of toilet rolls and soaps available to purchase.
This week, however, the supermarket giant announced they were lifting some restrictions.
Chief executive Mike Coupe said they had removed limits on “thousands of products” so people could buy for elderly and vulnerable friends and family.
There are still limits in Tesco and Morrisons, who are both stopping customers from buying more than three of any item in their stores.
In Morrisons, Brits also can’t buy more than two items of loo roll or hand sanitiser.
The UK is continuing to battle the coronavirus pandemic, and the virus is expected to reach its peak in the coming weeks.
The government has ordered people to stay at home, saying Brits should only leave the house to buy essentials, for health reasons, or to go to work when you can’t work from home.
The latest figures show that there are 60,733 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, and 7,097 people have died.
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