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Police attend ‘Black Friday’ crowds

Posted by Warren Fyfe on November 28, 2014 in Warren Fyfe Site



A crowd in a Tesco shop in Trafford, Manchester

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A Tesco shop in Trafford, Greater Manchester, closed shortly after footage was filmed showing disruption as people queued

Police have been called to supermarkets across the UK amid crowd surges as people hunt for “Black Friday” offers.

Greater Manchester Police appealed for calm after attending five Tesco stores, making “at least two” arrests, and a Trafford store was closed shortly after the sale began at 00:01 GMT on Friday.

Police went to three Tesco stores and an Asda in London, and Tesco stores in South Wales and in Glasgow and Dundee.

Originating in the US, Black Friday is becoming a major UK shopping day.

Police in Manchester tweeted: “At least two people arrested at #BlackFriday sales events already this morning. Keep calm people!”

Police at Cardiff Tesco storePolice were called to a Tesco store in Cardiff as crowds gathered for Black Friday deals

In London, police were called by both Tesco staff and queuing shoppers as people gathered at the Glover Drive store in Edmonton.

Officers also attended Tesco stores in Willesden and Surrey Quays and an Asda in Edgware at around midnight.

The Metropolitan Police said officers worked with staff to “ensure that sale-goers were able to enter and exit the stores safely”, and said no-one had been injured “as a result of the overcrowding”.

Crowd control

In South Wales, police said they were called by concerned staff at a number of Tesco stores.

A spokesman said officers were twice called to Tesco in Excelsior Road, Cardiff, just after midnight, when concerns were raised about customer conduct inside the shop. No arrests were made.



Black Friday shoppers at Tesco Cardiff

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Crowds left many shelves empty at a Tesco store in Cardiff

Police were called to Tesco at Silverburn in the Pollok area of Glasgow about 11:45 GMT on Thursday after staff reported scuffles among several customers.

The store was closed for a period, and footage from the scene shows shoppers shoving each other as they attempt to grab items from trolleys.

Police were also called to the Tesco in Kingsway, Dundee, to help with crowd control.

Avon and Somerset Police said they were called after scuffles in the queue at Tesco in Brislington, Bristol, at about midnight.

The BBC’s Zoe Conway tweeted a picture of a woman on her knees with the words: “Customers knocked to the ground in the rush at Asda Wembley #BlackFriday.”

A woman on her knees, having fallen over in a supermarketCustomers were “knocked to the ground” at Asda in Wembley

Black Friday – historically the big sales day in America that follows the Thanksgiving holiday – has been adopted by an increasing number of shops in the UK.

Many retailers have been advertising Black Friday deals, with Tesco offering discounts of up to 70%.

At about 07:00 GMT on Friday Tesco tweeted that it had “loads” of Black Friday bargains – but that tweet was later deleted.

A tweet from Tesco saying it has loads of Black Friday bargains

Tesco has not yet responded to BBC requests for a comment.

The company has previously said it expects Black Friday to beat Boxing Day sales in 2014.

Its 24-hour stores began selling a minute after midnight, and extra staff have been laid on in some areas.

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