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Riots erupts as shoppers fight for Black Friday deals

It’s the biggest day of internet shopping that the UK has ever seen, but for many high street stores, the success was overshadowed by chaos and even violence.

15 Tesco stores have had to call in the police so far today as deal-hunting shoppers break into fighting over Black Friday bargains. One woman’s wrist was broken in the fray, and 200 people refused to leave a store in Middleton even after being told that all stock had gone, according to the BBC.

Sir Peter Fahy, chief constable of  chief constable of Greater Manchester police, criticised the supermarket’s lac k of preparation, saying: “The events of last night were totally predictable and I am disappointed that stores did not have sufficient security staff on duty. This created situations where we had to deal with crushing, disorder and disputes between customers.”

Tesco and Sainsbury’s both saw crowds flood in when they opened their doors at midnight, while Asda said it had learned from its mistakes last year and took care not to allow more than 20 or 30 people into its stores at a time. Despite extra security, the supermarket’s Wembley branch saw some shoppers knocked to the ground in the crush.

Some stores, such as the Victoria’s Secret below, even saw outbreaks of fighting between shoppers over products.

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