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Cybercrime warning as 'Black Friday' gets underway

Cybercrime experts are warning Christmas online shoppers to be extra vigilant and look out for the signs of scams as 'Black Friday' gets underway.

It marks the first day of what is expected to be one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year on the high street and online as retailers slash their prices in the run up to Christmas.

Online shopping fraud increased by 31% during last year's Christmas period Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Online shopping fraud increased by 31% during last year's Christmas period, according to figures based on reported crime figures from police forces across the UK.

Mobile phones, games consoles, footwear, clothing and other technical devices are said to be among the most risk items for Christmas shoppers to buy online.

Christmas shoppers in Birmingham Credit: David Jones/PA Wire

High street retailers prepare for 'Black Friday'

Shoppers across the Midlands are expected to purchase thousands of bargains today as high street retailers slash their prices in the run up to Christmas.

Christmas shoppers in Birmingham Credit: David Jones/PA Wire

Today is dubbed 'Black Friday' which marks the first day of what is expected to be one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year.

Visa Europe predicts that £360,000 will be spent every minute.

Counterfeit goods: Five top tips for spotting them

Parents are being warned about 'snap bracelet' children's toys with counterfeit branding of Disney's 'Frozen' on them, that are potentially dangerous for children.

One woman found the metal inside was actually a cut-up metal tape measure Credit: Nottinghamshire County Council

The bracelets are made up of a flat steel spring band, sealed with a plastic cover. It wraps around the wrist when slapped against it. They are cheaply available on online auction sites.

Nottinghamshire County Council is warning that the plastic casing on the fake band is only very thin and that it is likely to rip, exposing a sharp, cut-up piece of metal that could cut a child's wrist.

So, how to you spot counterfeit goods? Here are five top tips:

  • Be wary of "too good to be true" bargains
  • Be wary of goods sold in car boot sales or pubs
  • Examine the stitching and seams in shoes and clothing
  • Check for poor quality labels and packaging
  • Buy toys from a recognised retailer

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VIDEO: Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar meets fans in West Brom

Former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar meets and greets fans outside his book signing in West Brom.

Sachin Tendulkar meets his fans in West Brom Credit: ITV Central

Hundreds braved the rain and some had even queued overnight to get a glimpse of Tendulkar, who is dubbed by some as the best ever cricketer.

But some may have got more than expected as he greeted and spoke to fans. Watch the moment he met his fans:

Crowds line up to see Sachin Tendulkar in West Brom

Crowds queuing in West Bromwich today Credit: ITV News Central

100's of people braved the rain to catch a glimpse of the former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar as he came to West Bromwich to sign his book. Some people even queued overnight.

Described by some as the best ever cricketer - he is only player ever to have scored one hundred international centuries. He retired in 2013 having played 664 international matches

Sachin Tendulkar at a book signing in London yesterday Credit: Matt Crossick/EMPICS Entertainment
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Man injured after firework explodes in his face

A man suffered a significant eye injury after a firework exploded in his face. Credit: PA Wire

A man was taken to hospital after suffering a serious eye injury when a firework blew up in his face.

The incident happened at Willenhall Rugby Club in Staffordshire around 8pm on Saturday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said the man, thought to in his 50s, suffered "a significant eye injury".

He was treated at the scene and given pain relief before being taken to Wolverhampton's New Cross Hospital for further specialist treatment.

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