'X Factor' winner Matt Cardle was forced to get a police escort after being mobbed by fans while out on a shopping trip.

The singer was going into a shop to buy a mobile phone charger when the incident occurred.

In a posting on Twitter, Cardle wrote: "Just had to be taken from town to my car in a police van. Only meant to get a charger!"

He also said: "It was totally mental - the last thing I expected."