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Shoppers warned over hoverboard risk

Hoverboard warning issued Credit: Daniel Petkov

Shoppers are being urged to think again about buying hoverboards this Christmas in case they pose a fire risk.

The Local Government Association has issued a plea to consumers after several cases of the self-balancing devices caused "major" fires.

The organisation claims more than 80% of 38,000 hoverboards stopped from entering the UK by Trading Standards since October were unsafe.

Stores start January sales on 'Panic Saturday'

Christmas shoppers are expected to be inundated with bargains as stores start their January sales early on 'Panic Saturday'.

Retailers are expected to slash prices by up to 80 per cent as shoppers head out for some last-minute Christmas shopping.

The day is predicted to kick off a £6bn six-day spending spree in the run-up to Christmas.

Christmas shoppers Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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