Midlothian Council snubs police request for security guard at McDonald’s

McDonald's restaurant

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Police were far from lovin’ it when McDonald’s was granted permission to operate without a night-time security guard at Straiton.

The fast food giant was given permission by Midlothian Council’s general purposes committee to trade between 11pm-5am both off and on its premises at 12-13 Pentland Retail Park.

The application for a “late hours catering licence” was approved by eight councillors who did not accept police recommendations that a security guard be employed to deal with late-night trouble.

The advice from police came after a list of 18 incidents, reported by staff over a 12-month period, was brought to the attention of the committee by Chief Inspector Kenny Simpson.

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