Congested: One Tesco store in Great Yarmouth was packed full of shoppers in the early hours as they desperately tried to get a good deal.
Pictured: Customers flocked to the 24 hour Tesco store in Great Yarmouth in the early hours of this morning to snap up a bargain. Police were called to a Tesco store in Cardiff pictured following reports of a fight between customers over goods in the Black Friday sale.
Flat screen LED TVs appeared to be one of the most popular choices among customers up and down the country today. Shoppers could be seen leaving a Tesco store in Grimbsy in the early hours with shopping trolleys full of goods, namely flat screen TVs. In Edinburgh eager crowds queued up outside the Asda store in The Jewel for cut price goods. Unlike other supermarkets, the retailer did not open through the night, letting the first shoppers through their doors at 8am this morning.
An Asda employee brings out more 22in LED Televisions in the Govan store near Glasgow left while two happy customers leave the Wembley stores with 40in screens and a microwave right. More shoppers struggle to carry their large 40in Polaroid televisions, with some unable to even get a trolley to wheel their purchases off. Among the most popular deals at Asda today were offers on television and electrical gadgets, with shoppers clambering over one another for discounted Polaroid and Seiki models.
Tomorrow deals will continue, with prices slashed even further. They include:. Archos 70 7 inch Tablet. Polaroid 32 inch TV.
X Box plus three games. Most of thee major supermarkets did not have an instore Black Friday sale last year. But chaos seemed to break out even before Tesco opened its doors. In one store in Silverburn, Glasgow, shoppers could be seen physically pushing each other out of the way and shouting at one another as they frantically tried to get their hands on slashed-price technology goods. The store was temporarily closed after police were called to scenes of chaos in which a bin was set on fire.
Hasan Bashie, who decided to go to the store to purchase a 50inch television, said fights broke out at around am, with one man holding another up by the throat. The year-old, who filmed what he described as a 'riot' within the store, said: 'There were about 15 TVs in three bulks in the middle of the store and everyone was trying to get to them. I had gone there to get a TV but I wasn't willing to fight for one.
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Police have shut it down due to fighting over sales. And Sarah Coubrough wrote on Twitter: 'Silverburn shut cos shoppers going mental with the sales. Think I'll stick to the online shopping today. A Police Scotland spokesman said: 'At around In another Tesco store, in Lea Valley, London, there were reports that police and ambulances had been called amid alleged disputes between customers. They were reportedly desperate to get their hands on discounted coffee machines. Video footage taken from inside the store showed shoppers frantically scrambling towards the shelves, which were already starting look half empty.
One onlooker said: 'It's amazing - the queue stretches all the way from the front doors to halfway along the building next to the road. On Facebook Lanya Bunyan said: 'Just been to Asda to get my stew bits for the weekend and it's crazy already, queues are phenomenal. Several shoppers tweeted their dismay at the scenes of chaos which appeared to sweep Tesco stores around the UK, including Cardiff. One shopper tweeted that she had seen a woman 'verbally abuse' a Tesco employee because the houmous had not been discounted.
Frantic shoppers grabbed flat screen TVs and other technological goods as Tesco opened just after midnight in Kingston Park, Newcastle. Shoppers queued patiently outside Game in Eldon Square, Newcastle, to snap up bargains when the store opened its doors at midnight. Tesco in Cardiff was packed full of customers after opening its doors just after midnight, although police were called a short time later. Several police cars were called to a Tesco store in Western Avenue, Cardiff, following reports of a fight in the early hours of this morning.
Sales were reportedly temporarily halted while the alleged dispute in the Tesco Extra store was dealt with by employees and a number of officers.
Amazon has turned Black Friday into a week-long event, so sales started earlier than the majority of other retailers. The UK site's top deals include:. The Superman Movie Anthology. Ghost Luminous Eau de Toilette for Women. Asda is expecting a real frenzy and claims to be the first bricks and mortar retailer to introduce the Black Friday phenomenon to the UK. This year's pick of the supermarket giant's best deals include:. Samsung Galaxy Note 8'. Little Tikes Activity Table.
House of Fraser started discounting on Thursday, offering up to 40 per cent off across selected fashion beauty and home ranges. These were some of the best deals released ahead of Black Friday:. Samsonite Antelao Large Suitcase. Linea Breeze Champagne Flutes. Jamie Oliver 4-piece Pan Set. Corsivo Balsena Panama Jacket variety of colours. Linea Merino Wool Jumper variety of colours. The supermarket giant is competing with the other 'big four', including Asda and Tesco, but some of it's top deals include discounted technology and homewares.
The chain started its Black Friday sale in its 24 hour stores at 1am, with shoppers queuing outside for several hours in a desperate bid to get their hands on the discounted goods. Sainsbury's best deals include:. Russell Hobbs Purifry. Dolce Gusto Mini Me. Dyson DC24 Animal Vacuum. Several videos emerged in the early hours of this morning showing severe congestion and crowds in supermarkets across Britain.
In one video posted online, which claims to have been taken at a Victoria's Secret shop in the UK, customers could be seen fighting. The shocking footage shows shoppers pushing each other in the lingerie shop, although it is unclear whether it was taken in the UK or U. In the footage, customers can be seen pushing and shoving each other before shouting at one another as they row over cut-price lingerie.
Elsewhere, shoppers described scenes of 'carnage' as people scrambled for the best deals. In Cardiff, several police cars were called to a Tesco store in Western Avenue following reports of a fight between customers. Sales were reportedly temporarily halted while the alleged dispute was dealt with by staff and officers. Police were also called to four supermarkets in London amid fears of crowd surges as the doors prepared to open just after midnight.
Images posted online showed chaotic scenes in Edmonton, with witnesses describing 'mayhem' as discounted coffee machines went on sale. Shopping is an addiction for some people who experience a 'hit' from splashing out, a psychiatrist has said. Dr Paul McLaren, a consultant at The Priory, gave an insight into the impact on the brain of hitting the shops as millions flocked to the high street and visited online stores on Black Friday.
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He said: 'Shopping plays on a lot of the same dopamine-seeking parts of our brain that other addictions do. It gives people a 'rush'. In gambling the rush is in making the wager. He said that although online bargains are 'fine' for many savvy consumers, they are 'disastrous' for those with addictive personality traits because they are 'so divorced from the 'pain' of physically handing over money'. Dr McLaren said: 'Addicts are most likely to start shopping when they're depressed and get an emotional rush at the moment they hit 'buy'.
The hit may be either in making the purchase or waiting for and opening the delivery. When manic or hypomanic, we may shop with abandon with money we don't have, believing it will all come right.
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People need to identify the triggers, uncover the emotions that get them in trouble and cut up their credit cards. The area has seen disturbances before, with several people hurt as crowds of thousands forced a nearby Ikea to shut on its opening night in Nadina Azara Knight, 26, from London, said people behaved 'like animals'.
She said she arrived at the store with her partner shortly before midnight: 'When we arrived there were large crowds around the covered up displayed and a long queue to the click and collect. She said groups of friends or relatives were working in teams to make sure they got their desired items by splitting up, with some grabbing boxes from the shelves before passing them to others waiting in a 'humongous' queue to collect the goods. Police also attended Tesco stores in Willesden and Surrey Quays, just before the doors opened.
Scotland Yard said in a statement: 'Officers have worked with store staff to ensure that sale-goers were able to enter and exit the stores safely. They said no arrests had been made and officers were preparing to 'withdraw' from the locations in the early hours of this morning. Police were also warning people to avoid the area around Bicester Village as waves of bargain hunters flooded the Oxfordshire site. Ahead of Black Friday, the centre advertised extra discounts of up to 80 per cent on certain lines, with shops staying open until midnight.
However, as thousands of people headed to the site to bag a bargain, many were stranded in huge traffic jams as crowded car parks forced access to the centre to be closed.