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Police: Wheelchair-user had TV dropped on her

A woman in a wheelchair had a large television dropped on her amid "appalling scenes" during Black Friday sales in Greater Manchester, police said.

Another woman suffered a broken wrist and a security guard was punched, Deputy Chief Constable Ian Hopkin of Greater Manchester Police said.

Three people were arrested at the shopping events.

More: 'Black Friday' chaos for shoppers at Tesco in Wigan

Internet shoppers predicted to spend £518m today

An estimated £518 million will be spent online on cards today as shoppers embrace Black Friday internet bargains.

With online transactions expected to top 8.5 million, Visa has predicted that today could be the biggest cyber shopping day in the country's history.

Almost half of UK shoppers (47%) say they intend to buy a Black Friday deal, according to retail analysts Verdict.? Credit: PA

Reaching this figure would put online card shopping up 22% on last year's Black Friday.

Analysts expect another £500 million to be spent online on Monday, making for a £1.7 billion "cyber weekend" - with a predicted record 31 million online transactions.

PC facing jail over Steven Gerrard 'blackmail' CCTV

Helen Jones has now quit her job as a PC for Merseyside Police. Credit: PA

A corrupt policewoman was warned there was a "high degree of likelihood" she would be jailed after illegally seizing CCTV of a street bust-up involving Steven Gerrard.

Helen Jones, 33, obtained the footage by "flashing her warrant card" in a bank despite being off-duty and on a career break at the time.

She claimed she did it to help friend Paul Lloyd, who says he was attacked by the footballer in Merseyside on August last year.

But the prosecution said the Liverpool midfielder was acting as a peacemaker.

Following the incident, Gerrard received "demands and threats" from Lloyd and there were claims of money being offered by the press for the footage.

No action was ever taken over Gerrard's alleged role in the incident. Credit: PA

Jones admitted misconduct in public office but disagreed with the prosecution's version of events that she took the CCTV to "use as a blackmail tool".

However, Judge Stuart Baker said he found Jones and Lloyd to be uncredible witnesses who had "not told the whole truth".

Jones will be sentenced at Preston Crown Court on January 9.


Asda extends sales for a Black Saturday

With British shoppers embracing Black Friday fever, supermarket chain Asda has extended its sales into tomorrow.

Asda is extending its sales into tomorrow Credit: Asda

The common theme of the US-style shopping day, where shoppers clamour for heavily-reduced bargains, is "When it's gone, it's gone" but Asda has held back stock - including electrical items, toys and tools - for another day of sales beginning at 8am tomorrow.

Smoke rises above central mosque of Kano after blast

A photograph has been posted to Twitter reportedly showing the aftermath of a bomb blast during Friday prayers at the Central Mosque of Kano in northern Nigeria.

It appears the image was first posted by Twitter user 'Bayeros' shortly after the first reports of a bomb at the mosque.

ITV News is working to independently verify the photograph.

Police: Stores should not expect us to bail them out

A senior officer at Greater Manchester Police has hit out at retailers for failing to make adequate preparations for the huge crowds that accompanied today's Black Friday promotions.

Detective Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said stores should make proper arrangements for their own security and not expect police forces to come in and "bail them out".

Retail chaos reins as Black Friday frenzy sweeps the UK

Shoppers hurled to the ground, goods thrown across crowds of people - it did not matter which part of the UK you were in this morning, Black Friday looked pretty similar.

Just down the road from Wembley stadium, shoppers literally crawled over one another to get to the bargains, while some even resorted to fighting over discounted electronics.

It was a similar picture in Manchester and in the Yorkshire town of Batley, where shoppers locked horns to snag the best deals.

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