A spokesperson for the Basildon Consortium Of Supermarkets has confirmed that panic buying has meant that all stores in the area will now be limiting shoppers to 80 litres of White Lightning per transaction.

There were shocking scenes on Sunday morning in the big Tesco in Pitsea, where one shopper filled his trolley with the sparkling liquid delicacy, before convincing himself that his reflection in one of the long mirrors in the F&F section was trying to steal it off him.

According to witnesses, he then proceeded to headbutt the mirror and scream ‘you facking slag’ until he passed out.

Police in the area have questioned the effectiveness of the decision in terms of being able to restore public order, with an impromptu White Lightning street market already popping up under Sadlers Farm junction to satisfy the intense black market demand.

Meanwhile, angry residents in the luxurious Langdon Hills area have demanded that the same restrictions apply to ‘the nice Prosecco.’

One resident, who didn’t want to be named, said ‘My reformed coke dealer now city tradah roid-boy husband didn’t blow a mill on this gaff within Land Rover distance of a Miller and Carter just so we could fight on the streets over the nice Prosecco.’