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McDonald's ‘clown robber' stopped by coppers who stopped for a cuppa

A suspected robber wearing a clown mask stormed a McDonald's armed with a kitchen knife – but was stopped in his tracks by two passing West Midlands Police officers who nipped inside for a coffee!

The cops popped into the Alvis Retail Park restaurant, Earlsdon in Coventry, at 12.30am this morning (7 August) on a refreshment break but were met by fleeing customers shouting “he’s got a knife”.

They darted inside to find a man who’d jumped the counter and was threatening staff to hand over cash.

Officers arrested the man just after 12.30am while on early hours patrols
Officers arrested the man just after 12.30am while on early hours patrols

A 41-year-old man, of no fixed address, was Tasered at the scene and arrested on suspicion of robbery; he remains in police custody.

Detective Inspector Kat Sibley said: “The officers were patrolling shortly after midnight and had stopped on a ‘refs’ break…they were in exactly the right place at the right time and reacted to the fleeing members of public and detained a man armed with a kitchen knife.

“There were fears he could injure staff or customers so was Tasered and detained in the restaurant. Thankfully no-one was hurt and the man is now being questioned on suspicion of robbery and knife possession.”

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