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Police step up patrols due to incidents at McDonalds in Friargate

Posted on - 6th August, 2017 - 9:01pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, News, Preston City Centre
It's becoming a real problem area in the city centre Pic: Tony Worrall
It’s becoming a real problem area in the city centre Pic: Tony Worrall

Police have warned about increasing problems outside a city centre fast-food restaurant.

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McDonalds in Friargate has seen police called to it a number of times throughout the week.

Update: Police have charged teenagers in connection with disorder

On Saturday (5 August) there were three calls outs due to a large group of teenagers causing problems with staff and customers.

Preston Police have issued a warning due to the rise in disorder and anti-social behaviour.

A post from a PCSO said: “This has lead to arrests and teenagers being taken home throughout the week. Obviously this is taking up a large amount of Police time, where we could be attending other calls from members of the public.

“Just a post asking that if you have a teenager who is going into the city centre during the school holidays to ‘chill’ with their mates, it might be worth asking where in particular they are going and how long they are going to be there for. Otherwise, should the disorder continue, they may be returned home in the back of a Police van or you may be asked to attend Preston Police Station’s custody department to collect them.”

Read more: Preston charity volunteer subjected to verbal abuse at city centre shop

The disorder follows a stabbing in February, where an 18-year-old man was attacked by two 15-year-old boys outside McDonalds and followed into Lowthian Street.

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