A curry house in Northampton has given all its food to homeless charities after the government closed all restaurants to limit the spread of Covid-19.

Saffron, on Castilian Street, took the decision to close on Wednesday night in the interests of staff and their families.

The restaurant previously offered half price meals to all NHS and emergency services staff as they dealt with the Covid-19 outbreak.

The restaurant has now donated all of their food to the Hope Centre and Northampton Night Shelter. They are also urging others to do the same.

"This is a time of national emergency. It is a time for helping the most vulnerable members of our community. We did our best to help the real heroes in all of this by offering half price food for the NHS workers who are doing such an incredible job in the frontline, day in, day out. Sadly, we have now had to take the decision to close so as to protect our own staff and their families and do our bit to prevent the spread of infection."

Naz Islam, Managing Director

Saffron received a handwritten personal letter from Andrew Lewer, the Conservative MP for Northampton South, thanking the restaurant for its efforts in supporting emergency services during the outbreak.