Sainsbury is stocking a minibus sized vending machine at its Hazel Grove store in Manchester with a selection of the most frequently forgotton Christmas items.

The 24-hour multi-temperature vending machine for customers who run out of essentials when the store is closed, has been stocked up with a range of festive items from Christmas pudding to condoms.

Hazel Grove store manager Kaz Kacmarczyk said: “The run up to Christmas is such a busy time that we realise some customers might forget something from their list, but they can rely on Santa’s robotic helper!”