Police called to stores across UK as Black Friday attracts big crowds



Police attending Black Friday sales at a Tesco store in Edmonton
LONDON — Police were called to several stores across Britain as Black Friday crowds gathered in large numbers hoping to get their hands on a bargain.
Synonymous with the promise of cut-priced goods and long queues, more British retailers are partaking this year in Black Friday than ever before with a host of deals advertised in advance of it.
Police in Manchester appealed for calm and said that two people had been arrested. A Tesco store in Trafford was closed shortly after the sale began at 12:01 AM.
Police in London attended three Tescos and an Asda, according to BBC News. Police said there was a large, volatile crowd at the Tesco in Glover Drive. The retailer had promotions in the store for cut-priced TVs and coffee makers.
Meanwhile, in Glasgow a Tesco store at Silverburn was shut aftercustomers clashed over bargains.
Things were no different in South Wales where officers were called to control crowds at a number of Tesco stores.
It's estimated that people in Britain will spend around £1.3 billion between Black Friday and Cyber Monday on Dec. 1. Last year, the UK spent £341 million on Black Friday and the figures from the online marketplace expects that this will grow by 6.5 percent this year.
Online retailer Amazon.co.uk previously kick-started the notion of Black Friday in the UK but this year some of the top British stores got involved.




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