Will Friday leave you feeling black and blue? Date published: 23rd November 2015 10.18am

In the run up to Christmas people are keen to bag a bargain and this Friday will be no exception. 27 November is Black Friday, with shops across the country reducing prices to entice shoppers to spend their hard earned cash.

The event last year saw mass hysteria sweep across the nation as people queued, pushed, shoved and sometimes fought to get their hands on some discounted goods.

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Roberts said,

“Black Friday is an opportunity for people to snap up a few bargains before Christmas. Last year in Cheshire we had a few minor incidents involving people getting a little over excited by the event, but thankfully nothing as spectacular as what other areas experienced.
Here in Cheshire we’d like to keep the disruption to a minimum and warn those who are thinking of behaving inappropriately to think again. The question I want to ask is this, ‘are you willing to spend a night in the cells following an altercation for a couple of quid off a TV?’”

Cheshire Police will be issuing letters to stores across the county, reminding them to ensure store security is tightened up to prevent incidents from breaking out. The letter also acts as a reminder that police have the power to close a store for a period of time if deemed appropriate.

ACC Roberts added,

I urge people to use common sense when it comes to this day of sales. We don’t want to close stores and arrest people for disorder on the run up to Christmas, but we will deal with any incidents that arise with the tools and powers we deem appropriate. We’re here to support our communities this Christmas, and will take action against anyone who wants to turn Christmas blue for others.”

If you’re out taking advantage of the Black Friday sale, keep an eye on your purse/wallet and remember bagging a bargain isn’t worth a night in the cells.