VIDEO: Former MP says retailer is treating shoppers like “scavenging dogs” to get cheap food in Northampton Tesco

Shoppers can be see scrambling for the cheap food in a Tesco store in Northampton

Shoppers can be see scrambling for the cheap food in a Tesco store in Northampton

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A former Northampton MP has expressed his shock after witnessing people wrestling each other to get cheap food in a Tesco store.

Tony Clarke, a former town MP and now a member of the Northampton Green Party, has commented on a video uploaded to YouTube that shows a large group of people pushing past each other at the supermarket in the Weston Favell Shopping Centre to get to the reduced food.

The video was published on June 15 but it is unclear when the footage was filmed.

Mr Clarke said: “Welcome to Northampton UK, in the world’s sixth richest economy where families are so desperate that they scramble around on the floor wrestling for cheap food whilst being treated by store staff like scavenging dogs, this sickens me, what have we become? Where will it all end?

“Tesco must stop this sick practise now and we must find better ways to help those in need and stop people fighting over food.”

A Tesco spokesperson said: “The safety of our customers and colleagues is of paramount importance to us. The Manager of the store has conducted a thorough investigation and will take steps to prevent a similar situation happening again.

“We are continually trying to improve the way we deal with surplus food, this includes making better reductions earlier in the day to make it easier for customers and colleagues in the evening.”