Rural shops and community stores have been visited by police in a bid to crackdown on customers abusing staff during the coronavirus crisis.
Devon and Cornwall Police said officers offered help to any small outlet in the firing line from abusive or angry shoppers.
Police said customers supporting rural and community shops should follow the retailer’s current policy or wishes.
A police spokesperson said: “The neighbourhood team have been calling in on community stores and rural shops this week.
“They are working hard to support our communities and we will support them with any issues they may have with any customers being unpleasant/abusive.”
The spokesperson added: “Please continue to support them as per their wishes or policies, whilst taking the necessary precautions to keep yourself safe.”