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Bristol free burger giveaway turns to chaos as police forced to step in

Hundreds of people attended the free burger giveaway in College Green, Bristol. Credit: @chrisbob86

Police officers were forced to step in after a free burger giveaway in Bristol drew hundreds of hungry people.

Officers intervened and were reportedly seen dishing out free burgers after members of the crowd at College Green, in central Bristol, started pushing and shoving.

Hundreds of people attended the giveaway on Wednesday (April 17), which was organised by Deliveroo to celebrate the app's fourth anniversary.

Police pictured at the event. Credit: @chrisbob86

But the event was marred by some unsavoury scenes as punters - desperate to get their hands on a free burger - swarmed staff and started pushing.

People were being toppled over.

Everyone was pushing forwards so much the Deliveroo lady just put the bag on the floor next to her while everyone grabbed at them.

I was getting shoved too much though so I recoiled.

– Person in the crowd

Police officers later attended to help manage the crowds, and were seen assisting staff by handing out free burgers.

In a statement issued after the event, a Deliveroo spokesperson said the company "didn't expect" such a large turnout.

We’ve delivered millions of meals across Bristol in the last four years and we know locals love Oowee Diner’s amazing burgers.

We didn’t expect such a huge turnout for our giveaway. Next time we will ensure we have enough burgers for everyone.

For those that didn’t nab a free burger today you can head down to Oowee or get them delivered to your door exclusively on Deliveroo.

– Deliveroo spokesperson