Police were called to a fast food restaurant after concerns were raised about a youngster who was believed to have a knife.

Officers went to McDonald’s restaurant on Colchester High Street on Wednesday afternoon after reports of a youth carrying a knife outside the restaurant.

An eye-witness, who was in the restaurant at about 5.30pm, said a group of teenagers ran through the premises before being stopped by members of staff.

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It is believed they were running from another group of teenagers who were outside, one of which was said to be carrying a knife.

Police officers were then called to the scene before they spoke to members of security in the branch of McDonald’s.

When contacted by the Gazette, a spokesman for McDonald’s confirmed police were called to an incident.

He said: “The safety and security of our people and customers is our absolute priority.

“The police were called to attend the incident, and we are assisting them with any inquires.”