Bicester Village shopping outlet opts out of Black Friday

Bicester Village at Christmas (from 2011) Image copyright P L Chadwick
Image caption Access to Bicester Village was closed temporarily on Black Friday last year

Bicester Village shopping outlet has said it will not be holding Black Friday sales, after the event led to "absolutely awful" traffic last year.

It comes after supermarket chain Asda announced it would not be taking part either.

Black Friday, which falls on 27 November, is traditionally the Friday after Thanksgiving in the US.

Last year access to Bicester Village was temporarily closed as the surrounding roads were gridlocked.

Traffic on the A41 and the A34 northbound from Peartree Roundabout came to a standstill and the M40 was affected.

Sallie Wright, from Bicester Traffic Action Group, said: "It was absolutely awful.

"Once the car parks were full the shoppers were just parking everywhere.

"Along the A41 flyover, they were parking either side of that and people were just walking down the side of that road, it was so dangerous.

"They were parking in people's driveways, on grass verges, anywhere at all."

Retailers have been warned by the National Police Chiefs' Council to have enough staff and security to handle any seasonal sales, including Black Friday.

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