Chaotic scenes as Londoners try to escape the city before midnight lockdown

Following yesterday afternoon’s announcement that London would suddenly be put on lockdown, crowds of people made a last-minute attempt to escape the capital.

Train stations were mobbed as desperate Londoners tried to flee Tier 4 restrictions. Those trying to leave the city had a deadline of midnight before the tougher restrictions came in…

Reflecting on the viral footage, Health Secretary Matt Hancock told Sky News: “This was clearly totally irresponsible behavior, the chief medical officer was absolutely clear that people should unpack their bags if they had them packed.”

On the trains, there was reportedly very little social distancing. “As expected, train is crammed,” wrote journalist Harriet Clugston on Twitter. “Announcement on tannoy says social distancing ‘will not be possible’ due to volume and to get off if you are not comfortable with that.”