Police have urged drivers to avoid the area around a Leicestershire garden centre after massive traffic jams built up nearby as large numbers of people tried to buy Christmas trees.
Leicestershire Police tweeted this afternoon to say there was severe congestion near the Sapcote Garden Centre.
Garden centres have been allowed to stay open during the month-long national lockdown but villagers told LeicestershireLive the numbers of customers heading there was causing chaos on Hinckley Road.
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One said: “This is ridiculous. There is no way that all those people are doing essential shopping.
“It’s just silly.”
The Sapcote Garden Centre put out a message on Facebook this afternoon saying: “We are very busy, and expect to be every weekend 10am to 4pm until Xmas.
“Please try to shop at other times if possible, but if you can’t, be aware you may need to queue in your car to get in.
“There is no pedestrian access when the cars are queueing, so please don’t park in the village or on the verge etc.”
It said the nearby Sharnford garden centre was also selling Christmas trees, in a bid to cut the traffic.
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