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Leyland's McDonald's has applied for a 24 hour licence
Leyland's McDonald's has applied for a 24 hour licence
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Police have spoken out against plans for Leyland’s McDonald’s to open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Last week, the Guardian reported that plans have been submitted to extend the opening hours of the Churchill Way restaurant and drive-through to operate 24/7.

Now, a representative from Lancashire Police has written to South Ribble Council, saying the idea could create more trouble in the area.

Rachel Hines said: “There have been incidents of crime and disorder at and around this premise.

“These include assault, and criminal damage to vehicles and buildings.”

She added: “In 2011 this premise was a flash point for crime and disorder and as a result was subject to a number of local police interventions in order to minimise the impact on the local community and demand on police resources.

“Police operations conducted include plain clothes deployments, the use of mobile CCTV units, high visibility patrols, diversionary activities for youths and test purchasing for the sale of alcohol to persons underage in the area.

“McDonald’s also had to employ its own security staff during the weekends to prevent crime, disorder and nuisance at the site.”

She that Lancashire Police is likely to object to the plans.

Last week, Nigel Dunnington, franchise manager for McDonald’s in the area, told the Guardian that the problems are now in the past, and that security staff are no longer required.

A public consultation will take place over the next few weeks before a decision is made by the council’s planning committee.