At least 1 woman injured in Black Friday crush in N. Ireland

LONDON – At least one person has been injured in Northern Ireland as shoppers rushed to get their hands on deals for Black Friday, a day of sales modeled on the American post-Thanksgiving kick-off to the holiday shopping season.

British supermarket chain Asda — owned by U.S. retail giant Walmart — has been advertising its Black Friday deals throughout the U.K.

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said it was called to Westwood Center in Belfast around 8:30 a.m. and took a woman with an arm injury to the hospital.

Asda’s Westwood store had two dozen 32-inch TVs on sale at reduced prices, according to Britain’s Press Association.

Asda said in a statement that the safety of its customers is of “vital importance” and that it has extra security teams in stores.