Budget retailer Poundland has reported a surge in demand for its pregnancy test kits from people in Thornton Heath.

The discount retailer, which has kept most of its stores open to sell essential items, saw weekly sales of £1 pregnancy tests rise by 25 percent since the first week of lockdown.Poundland’s findings show Thornton Heath is in the top 10 places where sales have soared.

Tim Bettley, trading director at Poundland, said: “Based on our sales, Britain should be preparing for a baby boom as couples found more entertaining ways to relax than watching box sets or doing jigsaws.”

Poundland’s buyers have already started planning Christmas ranges, with baby clothes and teddy bears likely to be top of the gift list.

Top ten includes:

1. Sutton Coldfield
2. Slough
3. West Bromwich
4. Wealdstone
5. Kilburn

6. Nottingham
7. Woolwich
8. Pitsea Essex
9. Londonderry
10. Thornton Heath