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      Tuesday 16, December 2014

      Black Friday Chaos ‘Totally Predictable’ says GMP Chief Constable

      The Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, Sir Peter Fahy, condemned the ‘appalling’ behaviour of customers during ‘Black Friday’ but believes more could have been done to prevent the frenzy.

      Michael Dowd appeared in court today as he was one of eight ‘Black Friday’ supermarket arrests made across Greater Manchester.

      Manchester Magistrates Court heard how Mr Dowd, of Mulberry Road in Pendleton Salford, shouted at a female sale assistant who was trying to keep the queue calm:

      ‘Don’t you get stroppy with me or I’ll smash your f****** face in’.

      Dowd, 28, then punched another member of staff in the face for telling him to get back into his place in the queue.

      Chief Constable, Sir Peter Fahy hit out at store bosses for not having enough security to deal with the ‘totally predictable’ trouble.

      Dowd pleaded guilty to one count of assault and one count of using threatening and abusive words or behaviour and was released on bail with a condition not to enter any Tesco store. He will be sentenced on January 21 2015. 

      By Chelsey Lordan

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