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Hero confronts man wielding knife in McDonald’s after female worker threatened

A hero who stopped a knifeman threatening a McDonald's female worker during a terrifying ordeal has been thanked by police.

The "brave" Good Samaritan put his life at risk to encourage the 24-year-old to give up the weapon before he was sectioned.

Officers were called to the restaurant on Whitefield Road in Bredbury, Stockport, at around 11.30am on Wednesday to reports that a man was threatening an employee with a blade, the Manchester Evening News Reports.

While waiting for the police to arrive, a member of the public intervened and tried to engage with the man.

He put his own safety at risk to help the woman and encouraged the man to give up the knife, police said.

A large police response then arrived at the restaurant and officers were able to take the McDonald's worker to safety.

The man – aged 24 – was arrested and taken into custody.

He has since been detained under section 136 of the Mental Health Act.

Nobody is believed to have been hurt in the incident, police said.

Enquiries are ongoing and detectives are now urging anyone with information to contact them, particularly anyone who might have been queuing at the drive-thru at the time.

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Detective Sergeant Matt Tarr, of GMP’s Stockport CID, said: “This was a terribly frightening ordeal for the victim of this incident and officers are working with her employer to ensure that she – and other staff members affected – are receiving the support they need at this time.

“I would like to thank the member of the public who bravely tried to intervene and put his own safety at risk to try and diffuse the incident – this action ensured that when police responded just moments later we were able to prevent anyone being hurt and a man was arrested.

“Our enquiries are very much ongoing and we encourage anyone with any information about the incident to contact police as to aid our enquiries.

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"We understand the drive-thru was quite busy at the time and we hope anyone who saw what happened can share whatever information they have with us.”

McDonald's was cordoned off for several hours yesterday while police investigations took place at the restaurant, which is closed to junction 25 of the M60.

Members of staff were seen waiting outside the restaurant as crime scene investigators carried out work inside the restaurant, while a number of officers stood guard outside.

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A Seat Leon was also seen being loaded onto a trailer and removed from the restaurant's car park.

The branch was able to reopen several hours after the incident and bosses said they were supporting staff and helping police with the investigation.

Speaking yesterday, a McDonald’s spokesperson said: "An incident occurred at our Bredbury restaurant this morning.

"We are supporting our restaurant team and assisting the police with their ongoing enquiries.”

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