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Three men wearing coronavirus medical masks raided a village shop of essential food and scared shoppers including children, police have said.

Officers are hunting for the suspects of the raid on Friday afternoon at the Meonstoke Post Office and Village Stores in Hampshire. They stole tinned food and jam after they distracted staff members.

One angry resident, who did not wish to be named, said: ‘It’s outrageous that these disgusting individuals targeted a small village shop that is doing its utmost to keep elderly and vulnerable people supplied with food at this very difficult time

‘These people must have parents and grandparents. How on earth would they like it if their relatives couldn’t get things they need because some bunch of scumbags decided to steal them?’

They added: ‘They didn’t get much, because there wasn’t much to take, but people should be all pulling together and looking after each other during this coronavirus crisis, not stealing.

‘To wear surgical masks – of which there is a shortage – is despicable. To steal food from anyone at this time and make people feel intimidated is vile.’

A spokesperson for Hampshire Police said: ‘The suspects are all described as white males wearing face masks.

‘The first suspect is described as being in his 50s, bald, of large build with a big stomach.

‘He was wearing a zip-up hoodie and grey tracksuit bottoms.

‘The second suspect is in his 30s and of skinny build. He was wearing a thin black puffer jacket.

‘The third suspect is in his 20s or 30s, with a dark neat sculpted beard, short dark hair and wearing a round-necked jumper.’