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Oxford Street expecting bumper crowds for 'Black Friday'

Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Thousands of shoppers are expected to descend on Oxford Street today, as retailers heavily discount their wares on what's being dubbed 'Black Friday.'

The trend, which originated in America, aims to kickstart the Christmas shopping season. Retailers on Oxford Street are expecting sales totalling £150million over the weekend.

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Police receive 'multiple calls' to Black Friday stores

Police have responded to "multiple calls" over Black Friday sales in London.

Scotland Yard said officers were called to four supermarkets following reports that large crowds had gathered in a bid to grab a bargain on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

No injuries were reported at the three Tesco stores in Edmonton, Willesden and Surrey Quays or the Asda in Edgware, a spokeswoman told ITV News.

Police made no arrests at any of the four locations.

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Police called to Tesco store over 'Black Friday scuffles'

Police have been called to a Tesco store in north London following reported scuffles at a Black Friday event.

Police outside the Tesco extra store in Edmonton. Credit: ITV News

Reports on social media suggested that fights had broken out as shoppers at a Tesco's Glover Drive store in Edmonton attempted to buy coffee makers and televisions.

Guardian journalist Laurence Topham described it as "mayhem" inside, and police and ambulance cars were seen surrounding the entrance.

A Scotland Yard spokewoman told ITV News: "Police were called at 23.56pm to Tesco in Lea Valley, Edmonton due to large crowds gathering outside."

No arrests were made, she added.

At an Asda branch in north-west London, scuffles broke out as shoppers battled to get their hands on discounted televisions.

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