THIEVES HAVE stolen fresh food which would have fed hundreds of vulnerable people across Southampton and the surrounding areas.

Paul England who owns Roast Out Catering says it is unbelievable thieves would steal from people who can't feed themselves.

The 52-year-old reports that over 30kgs of tomatoes, carrots, onions and swedes were "grabbed" from outside the company's premises in Romsey Road.

Paul and his wife, Luci, run the business which delivers freshly cooked hot lunches to hundreds of elderly and vulnerable people.

However, because of the "despicable" incident which happened this morning, Paul has had to visit different supermarkets to replace the stolen food.

According to Paul, because of panic buying, he had to visit five different supermarkets to find ingredients yesterday.

However, despite the theft, Paul reports that business continues as usual and no customers will go hungry.

Paul said: "I felt sick when I saw the food had been stolen.

"The people we are feeding can't feed themselves.

"I am so disappointed. Shame on them for taking from the vulnerable. It is indefensible

"I think it may have been someone caught up in panic buying."

Luci added: "It’s an incredibly difficult time and we are working non-stop to source enough food.

Today we had an early delivery of fresh vegetables which have been stolen from outside of our shop. This is despicable."

Anyone with any information is urged to contact the police on 101 or to call the business on 02380326664.