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Scenes of massive queues outside 24-hour Primark stores have provoked anger.

Furious onlookers worried the hordes of shoppers piling into the shops in the small hours of the morning would spark a 'second lockdown.'

The bargain chain temporarily extended 11 stores' opening hours after England's national lockdown ended.

Huge queues were seen snaking outside stores from Trafford, to Birmingham and Leeds – well past midnight.

Shoppers told of waiting in line for up to two hours overnight in Trafford's mall as tills were overwhelmed by demands.

Primark had said it had prolonged opening times after lockdown ended to cater to Christmas shopping demand.

Massive queues at the 24-hour Primark at the Fort Shopping Park, Birmimgham
(Image: Joe Islam/BPM MEDIA)

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The chain said opening for 24 hours would be safer as it would stagger crowds of shoppers.

But pictures and footage of the queues as England emerged from lockdown into tiers allowing all shops to re-open left some worried.

According to Birmingham Live, Kim Leppington wrote in response to pictures of hundreds of people crowding outside of the Fort Shopping Park this week: "Here comes another lockdown. Why can’t everyone just stick together. People are dying to see their love ones people are struggling losing their jobs and so on."

A long queue snaked outside the Metrocentre branch of Primark in Gateshead on its first night of the 24-hour opening.

Some were horrified by the size of the crowds at Primark stores including Fort Shopping Park, Birmingham
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And one customer who wound up queueing for more than two hours in Manchester branded the experience 'organised chaos'.

On Wednesday night, crowds spilled out into the mall from the Primark in the Trafford Centre.

Maria Garrido, who travelled to the Trafford Centre Primark from Wigan, says she was heading to the late night shopping event to get some new pyjamas.

She described the scenes as "organised chaos," telling the Manchester Evening News she arrived at 10.20pm and queued for more than two hours to get in.

Shoppers eager to get into Trafford's newly 24-hour Primark
(Image: MEN MEDIA)

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She described the queues as "a mess" and said there was another hour-plus queue at the tills to make purchases.

"One of us got straight in to wait in the paying queue as soon as we got in. I went and got what bits I needed.

"I’d never do it again but we have some funny memories from last night and had a laugh even went for a McDonald’s on the way home at 2am!"

Lorraine Waker filmed a queue she estimated was around 1,000 people long.

"It was crazy," she told ChronicleLive.

Huge queues formed outside Trafford's Primark throughout the small hours of the morning
(Image: MEN MEDIA)

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"I think the store was more equipped for the day to be busy but I think everyone was shocked to see the night that busy."

"I think everyone thought it would be quieter if they went through the night but I think everyone has the same idea."

The new 24-hour rules were announced earlier this week by communities minister Robert Jenrick in a bid to boost the struggling High Street.

He said the extended hours would space out shopping crowds and reduce the risk of Covid-19 spreading in rammed shops.

A total 11 Primark stores opening from 7am on Wednesday 2 December through until normal closing time on Thursday 3 December

    They included: Trafford, York Monks Cross, Leeds White Rose, Bluewater, Lakeside, Birmingham Fort, Meadowhall, Stratford, White City, Charlton, and the Gateshead Metrocentre.