Troublemakers sent packing

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Police say they’re winning the fight against troublemakers who have been accused of turning McDonald’s in Leyland into a ‘no-go zone’.

Earlier this year, the Guardian revealed how staff at the restaurant and police had introduced tough new security measures to protect customers and staff after they were threatened by yobs who were congregating outside of the restaurant.

The franchise introduced tough new security measures, including employing weekend security staff and implementing a ban on night-time hoodies.

The Leyland fast-food restaurant even made national headlines after staff refused to serve 16-year-old Scott Wilson because he had visited the chain in his tracksuit on his way home from work.

However, latest figures show that in the last three-week period there has only been one incident reported at the McDonald’s in Churchill Way after Leyland police launched a major crackdown on the issue.

It has also been revealed that three of the main troublemakers have now been given ASBOs and police have pledged to continue with the tough stance, as well as finding diversionary activities for young people to get involved in.

- For the full story, see this week’s Leyland Guardian