In Pictures: Boxing Day shoppers grab a bargain – where tiers allow

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Much of the UK woke up to harsher coronavirus restrictions on Boxing Day.

The number of people living under Tier 4 in England – which prevents non-essential retail from opening – has increased by six million to 24 million.

New lockdowns have also been introduced in Scotland and Northern Ireland, while restrictions that were eased for Christmas Day in Wales have come back into force.

Nevertheless, shoppers still headed to the high street in less restricted regions.

Early risers queued for the Next sale in Leicester.

Boxing Day sales
Boxing Day sales
Boxing Day sales
Boxing Day sales

Shoppers sought bargains in Bournemouth.

Boxing Day sales
Boxing Day sales
Boxing Day sales
Boxing Day sales

But footfall for Boxing Day shopping was down 57% in the UK up to 10am compared with last year, according to retail intelligence agency Springboard.

Boxing Day sales
Boxing Day sales
Boxing Day sales
Boxing Day sales

The shopping scenes came in stark contrast to London’s usually busy Regent Street, with the capital under tough Tier 4 restrictions.

Boxing Day sales
Boxing Day sales
Boxing Day sales
Boxing Day sales

It was a similarly subdued affair on Oxford Street.

Boxing Day sales
Boxing Day sales
Boxing Day sales
Boxing Day sales

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