Warning over disorder at Wrexham fast food outlets


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

THE CHIPS are down for yobs who cause late-night disorder at fast food outlets.

North Wales Police will crack down on drunken anti-social behaviour at takeaways and fast food restaurants in Wrexham, as a high number of incidents are reported.

While incidents of crime and disorder at night are normally connected with pubs and clubs, police are also taking a high number of calls reporting anti-social behaviour at fast food outlets.

Many of the incidents reported are taking place early in the morning.

Between May 1, 2013 and July 28, 2014, more than 100 calls were made to police to incidents either in or near McDonald’s on Regent Street – with more than 40 of the calls made between midnight and 6am.

Chief Inspector Neil Maxwell said: “It is totally unacceptable that members of the public and staff working in the night time economy are regularly placed in such a vulnerable position and that police officers are repeatedly called on to deal with such incidents.

“We are working hard in partnership with the council to support fast food outlets and most are reciprocating.

“McDonald’s are making changes and I expect the management of all such establishments to do everything possible to work with us and our partners to see what we can do to reduce these incidents, which are a very costly drain on vital resources.”

He added: “Wrexham is a safe place to enjoy a night out and we want people to have a good time.

“But we need the cooperation of businesses and the public to reduce the opportunities for a yobbish minority to spoil things for everyone else.”

A McDonald's spokesman said: "Our top priority is to ensure that our restaurants are safe and welcoming environments for both our customers and our staff, so we take antisocial behaviour very seriously.

"We regularly meet with the local police to discuss problems with antisocial behaviour and policing in the town centre. We currently have a number of measure in place on Regent Street in Wrexham to encourage good behaviour in and around the restaurant including CCTV, security personnel present in-store on a Friday and Saturday night along with being part of the town centre radio link.

"Our security department will continue to work closely with the restaurant team and the local police on this issue."

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