ARMED police raided a property and found a room stockpiled with toilet roll.
The firearms unit was executing a warrant in Walsall, in the West Midlands, yesterday, when they came across a coronavirus panic-buyer’s stash.
The team, led by Ch Supt Andy Parsons, shared details of the raid on social media by sharing a video of a shopper flattened by a stack of toilet paper as he tried to grab one packet.
‘Business as usual this morning conducting a section 46 firearms warrant. One room crammed full of toilet roll, interesting times,’ the West Midlands operation unit tweeted.
One web user replied: ‘Probably needed them after you guys came knocking,’ while another wrote: ‘Toilet roll has more street value than drugs now! Crazy times.’
Meanwhile, a van driver pulled over on the M25 claimed he had coronavirus and repeatedly coughed at officers in a bid to evade driving charges. PC Tom Van Der Wee, of Sussex Police’s traffic unit, said the vehicle was seized and added: ‘Despite him “coughing” at us it didn’t stop us finding out he also had no tax, no MOT and an illegal tyre.’
A web user responded: ‘As he has Covid-19, he won’t need his van as he’ll be self isolating. Well done constable.’
Plumber who ‘heard a cough’ won’t fix boiler
A FAMILY have been left with no heating or hot water after an engineer refused to fix their boiler for fear of the virus. The contractor walked out when he heard a cough, said Dave French, 31. It takes the dad and partner Elizabeth Hills, 32, two hours to fill a bath from the kettle for Leah, 12, and Sydney, three, in Erith, south-east London. The family don’t think they have the virus but Sydney is poorly. ‘It’s made us feel we are being left to rot,’ said Mr French. Orbit housing association said the job would be done after they had self-isolated for 14 days.