It is understood there is a large police presence at the scene and that a police helicopter is flying over the area. Eyewitnesses say the branch, located in the town’s shopping centre, was robbed at gunpoint shortly after 7am this morning. Avon and Somerset police said they were currently investigating the robbery and that noone was injured.
The police confirmed a firearm was sighted by an eyewitness.
They said officers are continuing to search the area.
Police also stated a similar incident took place at Miss Millie’s, a chicken restaurant, in Yate the night before.
They said they were linking the two crimes.
They said in a statement: “Officers are currently at the scene of McDonald’s in Yate following an incident this morning (Monday 8 February).
“At shortly after 7am we received a report of an armed robbery, in which a male had made off with a quantity of cash.
“Nobody was injured during the incident, but a firearm was reportedly sighted.
“A search of the area, including with the assistance of the NPAS helicopter, is continuing at this time.
“At approximately 6.20pm last night (Sunday, February 7) we received a call about a similar incident at Miss Millie’s in North Parade, Yate.
“At this time are are treating the two matters linked.”
McDonald’s said in a statement: “We can confirm that an incident took place this morning at our Yate restaurant.
“We are currently supporting our people and assisting police with their ongoing enquiries.”
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