GREGGS stores across the UK have been hit by technical issues preventing them from accepting payments, forcing some to close.

IT outages affected the bakery chain’s branches on Wednesday morning, causing some to put up temporary “closed” notices on their doors.

Others asked customers to place orders outside using the Greggs mobile app before food could be given to them.

The national bakery chain confirmed that the problem had been fixed, shortly before 10.45am.

The Daily Echo understands that it was only the Greggs in Ashley Road, Parkstone that was affected by the outage in Bournemouth, Christchurch or Poole.

The store was only taking click and collect orders as their tills were down.

It only reopened mid-way through last month after undergoing a revamp.

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Stores in cities including London, Manchester, Cardiff and Glasgow have reportedly been affected, with customers unable to purchase items.

A Greggs spokesperson said: “We have now resolved the technical issue that affected tills in some of our shops earlier this morning.

“The majority of shops affected are now able to take card and cash payments again and we expect the issue to be fully resolved shortly.

“We apologise for the inconvenience this may have caused to our customers.”

The Ludgate Hill shop sign was headed: “Oh Crumbs!”

On Saturday, outages to payment systems prevented Sainsbury’s and Tesco stores across the country from accepting contactless card payments and issuing home deliveries.

On Friday, McDonald’s suffered a “global technology system outage” which the fast-food chain said had not been directly “caused by a cybersecurity event”.

Greggs operates more than 2,450 shops across the UK.