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VIDEO: Black Friday Comes To Cornwall

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11:18am 28th November 2014
(Updated 11:18am 28th November 2014)

Police have been called to help deal with crowds waiting to grab bargains in Cornwall on Black Friday.

It happened at Tesco Extra in Pool at midnight, when offers went live. Officers say it was quiet on arrival.

Across the country fights have broken out, as shoppers scuffled for a bargain.

Visa is predicting that £518m will be splashed out on its cards alone, and analysts believe that almost half of UK shoppers are planning to snap up a Black Friday deal.

By the end of the day, 8.5m transactions will have been made online – a 22% increase compared to 2013 figures.

And the shopping frenzy is expected to continue right through until Monday, with estimates that £1.7bn will be spent during the so-called "cyber weekend".

Martin from Redruth told Pirate FM: "Since the store is 24 hours a couple of friends came over and they said it was absolutely manic. The police had to be called a couple of times. They were trying to get some TVs, some good Playstation bundles etc. They had to call police in. They had some good bargains on, some good deals and some good reductions as well.

"I think the rush is a bit of hype. I didn't come in at midnight so I missed the big rush. I just came in with my granddad to get a new TV for his bedroom. The sales are still going on over the weekend - it's just going to get busier."

Loraine runs gift shop Also in Penzance. She told Pirate FM it is an important time for local businesses too: "There is a very strong feeling in Penzance about shopping locally. I have a lot of regular customers who come in. There is a strength here of people supporting Penzance - probably more than most towns in Cornwall.

"I do worry about the trend of online shopping. I think that the number of people who used to come into the shop to buy is reducing, year by year really."

Lai Bate runs Cherry Tree gift shop in Bodmin. She said: "Increasingly more people are supporting local shops and coming to Bodmin - especially the younger generation, surprisingly.

"I think a lot of people do shop online. But this type of thing is pretty good because they can enjoy looking around to see what it's like, whereas you can't see that online.

"You can buy something online that looks nice. But when it comes it's totally different to what you think."

These were the scenes up country at midnight as some of the biggest bargains went on sale...

11:18am 28th November 2014

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