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Tesco shoppers left furious after ‘non-essential’ items are blocked off during lockdown

What do you think of the new rules?

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Angry shoppers have taken to Twitter to complain about not being able to buy clothes – including baby clothes – in supermarkets where alcohol is still available.

Shops in England that have ‘sufficiently distinct parts’ were told they needed to close areas selling non-essential items as part of the latest guidance for the lockdown.

Due to the new restrictions, shoppers have struggled to get access to baby clothes and socks.

One shopper wrote on Twitter: “Disappointed to see after the uproar of blocking off clothing, toys, homeware etc sections in one of your stores in Wales, you’ve now done this in your Streatham Extra store.”

Another said: “I can buy booze, but, not a kettle or underwear.”

A Tesco spokesperson said: “In line with new Government guidance in England which requires the closure of separate floors selling non-food items, we have closed the Clothing and General Merchandise departments in our stores that sell these products from a separate mezzanine level.”

The government’s guidance reads: “Where a business has sufficiently distinct parts, and one section provides essential retail and one section provides non-essential retail, the non-essential sections should close to limit interactions between customers and the opportunity for the disease to spread.

“For example a food shop may stay open, but a homeware section on a separate floor or separate building should close.”

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Influencer says she travelled to Dubai to ‘motivate people at home’

The influencer has sparked outrage online.

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Sheridan Mordew is currently in Dubai appearing on This Morning to explain that her trip is ‘essential travel’.

Chatting to Phil and Holly this morning on the ITV show, fitness influencer Sheridan Morderexplained that she has been struggling with her mental health and decided to escape the UK just before the lockdown came into place.

Ever since arriving in Dubai, she has been sharing her trip online with her followers to ‘motivate’ them.

She told Phil: “The reason I came to Dubai was purely for business.” to which he replied:  “A lot of the fitness stuff, this could be in your garage in Bolton, you don’t have to be in Dubai to do that.”

“I think what you’ve got to understand is it’s my job, my job is to motivate people, if I was going to be lazy if I was going to sit back, if I couldn’t be bothered to provide a service.” She replied

Adding: “I’m providing free workouts on Instagram, I could just sit back and think I’ll wait until the gyms open… My job is to help people get fit and be motivational whether it’s in the house or it’s in Dubai.

“… With my own struggles, I thought the only way I’m going to get out of this is if I get on the plane for essential travel and go to Dubai.”

“I just think that in a world where you can be anything be kind, and a lot of people forget about that.”

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But Holly was quick to point out that perhaps it would ‘be kind’ to stay at home, saying: “When you say ‘be kind’… When we see how stretched the NHS is and the nurses working really, really hard and all they are saying is: ‘Please stay home, do the right thing and stay home’.

“You’re saying ‘be kind’, are you being kind to them by encouraging others to travel by what you deem essential work?”

Sheridan responded: “I’m not influencing people to come out, I’m getting people motivated in the house. The purpose of what I’m doing is to motivate people.”

But Twitter users were having none of it. 

One wrote: “Please, hear me loud when I say seeing some ‘influencer‘ on a sun bed in Dubai is not making me feel motivated or better, infact it makes me feel so much worse #thismorning.”

While another said: “The “influencer” trying to justify her trip to Dubai to do workouts for work that she could of clearly done in her home in the UK! Totally laughable that they claim to be essential workers.”

A third wrote: “This girl on #ThisMorning trying to explain why she’s in Dubai for ‘essential work’… wouldn’t we all want a holiday for our mental health?”

Another added: “This influencer trying to justify going to Dubai to film workout videos in her flat and posing in a bikini by the pool on #ThisMorning is a joke. Pulling the mental health card as if none of the rest of the UK isn’t also struggling. The level of self absorbed arrogance is beyond”

Even Les Dennis had something to say on the matter: “I am screaming at the telly watching this influencer trying to justify her trip to Dubai as essential travel. Please don’t be influenced by here. Phil and Holly doing a great job holding back their outrage.”

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Woman reveals how to make perfect Wetherspoons cocktail pitchers at home

What’s your favourite Spoons cocktail?

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Pubs and bars have been closed in Greater Manchester for what seems like forever, and by now we’re all missing them big time.

But, if the one thing you’re really missing is a cocktail pitcher from Wetherspoons then you’re in luck, as you can now recreate them at home.

One woman has shared the perfect recipes for recreating Spoons’ classic cocktails on TikTok, and they’ve gone down a storm.

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The TikTok user, who goes by the name ‘youlikejazzzzz’, shared recipes for classic pitchers like Purple Rain, Ginberry Fizz, Blue Lagoon and Ultra Violet.

For a pitcher of Purple Rain, she recommends taking a jug filled three-quarters of the way up with ice and adding 50ml of cherry sours. Then chuck 50ml of blue Curaçao in and pour lemonade over to cover the ice cubes, mix the drink and serve.

To make Ultra Violet, she suggests filling a jug up three quarters with ice, mixing 100ml of parma violet gin before adding two cans of Monster Ultra.

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If you fancy a classic Blue Lagoon this weekend, in the video she fills a jug three-quarters with ice, before adding 50ml Smirnoff vodka, 50ml blue Curaçao, two dashes of lime cordial and a splash of lemonade.

For a Ginberry Fizz, you need ice, 50ml Chombord, 50ml pink gin and a healthy pouring of lemonade to finish it off.

The recipes have even got the seal of approval from Wetherspoons staff, with one person writing: “As a Spoons employee, this is great!”

You can give her a follow on TikTok here for more.

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GMP issue warning after driver ignores cones and tries to drive through floods

People were quick to call out the driver for their ‘stupidity’

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GMP has issued a warning to drivers after someone was spotted trying to make their way through flood water.

Police urged everyone to adhere to road closures, following the sighting of a vehicle which ignored cones and decided to drive through the water.

They released a still from CCTV footage which appears to show the motorist stranded in water.

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GMP Trafford North shared a photo of the stranded car on the B5158 ‘Mile Road’ between Carrington and Flixton, taken this morning, Thursday January 21st.

It appears to show two figures emerging from the vehicle to wade through the water to dry land after getting caught out.

The road was shut today due to flood water from the nearby River Mersey, which rose to dangerously high levels yesterday following torrential rain from Storm Christoph.

This meant drivers had to take a longer route, via the M60, if they wanted to travel between Carrington and Flixton.

The police took to Facebook to share their warning to motorists who might consider ignoring the closure. They said: “We’ve received reports of people moving road closure signage and attempting to drive through standing water

“Road closures are in place to keep you safe, please observe them and don’t end up stranded like this person did.”

And people were quick to call out the driver for their ‘stupidity’ when it comes to trying to save time on their journey.

Bernadette wrote: “Rescue them and charge them double just stupidity”, while Dafydd added: “Let them do it then leave them to rescue themselves. The price for stupidity”.

Amanda said: “I’d leave them there! I live in Carrington and work 5mins away in Flixton, it didn’t take that long to go round”. 

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