Subject: Black Friday: Bagging a bargain isn’t worth a night in the cells
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Peter Caldwell (Police, New Media Manager, Chesh Engagement Unit)
In the run up to Christmas people are keen to bag a bargain and this Friday will be no exception. It is Black Friday on 27th November 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?’”
“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.