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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.


Bomb targets Friday prayers at Nigerian mosque

A bomb exploded outside the central mosque of north Nigeria's biggest city, Kano, just as residents were packing into the area for Friday prayers, witnesses said.

"These people have bombed the mosque. I am face to face with people screaming," said Chijjani Usman, a local reporter who resides inside the old city where the blast took place, and who had gathered there for prayers himself.

A Reuters witness said there were many casualties, but no more information is yet known.

Clegg: 'I doubt rest of EU will sign up to Cameron's pledge'

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Nick Clegg said he doubts all the other 27 countries in the EU will sign up to David Cameron's immigration blueprint.

The Deputy Prime Minister said he thought some of the ideas were "sensible and workable".

But he added there were "some very serious question marks about whether others will ever really happen in practice and whether they are deliverable."


UEFA open disciplinary proceedings against Spurs

Three men invaded the pitch during the match. Credit: PA

UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Tottenham following the pitch invasions during last night's Europa League match against Partizan Belgrade at White Hart Lane, the governing body has announced.

The White Hart Lane clash, which Spurs won 1-0, was temporarily suspended late in the first half following three separate pitch invasions.

The match was halted in the 41st minute after a third individual managed to slip on to the White Hart Lane pitch in what appeared to be an orchestrated PR stunt.

UEFA said in a statement its control, ethics and disciplinary body would hear the charge on December 11.

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Sexual exploitation raids: Police statement

Police search the premises Credit: Thames Valley Police

Sgt Neil Applegarth from the East Oxford Neighbourhood Team said: “Officers attended the guest house at 8pm tonight after receiving some information relating to the possible exploitation of women.

“We are in the very early stages of this investigation and so I ask if anyone has any information to contact us immediately.

“I want to take this opportunity to apologise to local residents for any inconvenience caused by tonight’s activity.

“Officers will continue to patrol on Cowley Road, so if you have any questions relating to this operation, please don’t hesitate to approach them.

“If anyone knows someone that might be at risk of sexual exploitation, please contact us on 101.

“We take every allegation of this nature very seriously and will investigate fully.”

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