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‘Baying mob’ attack man in Archway McDonald’s for defending group of girls

'He was trying to protect girls from a baying mob and he then gets battered. It’s sickening.'

22 March, 2019 — By Calum Fraser

Ghislaine Mitchell: ‘These boys aren’t scared of the police or anything. I’m not the kind of person who will sit back and watch this happen.’

A 44-YEAR-OLD man was “battered” in McDonald’s by a gang of youths after he tried to defend a group of young girls, according to a mother who witnessed the attack.

Ghislaine Mitchell tried to step in to defend four girls sitting in the McDonald’s outside Archway station as a gang of boys taunted them.

The boys were encouraging a girl in their group to fight the girls sitting down, according to Ms Mitchell.

Then when a man stood up to intervene with Ms Mitchell the boys pounced on him.

The mother-of-two said: “He was trying to protect girls from a baying mob and he then gets battered. It’s sickening.

“There was about nine boys jumping in. They were kicking him and punching him. One of them picked up one of those heavy stools and threw it at him.

McDonald’s outside Archway Station 

“I was just looking for knives, that was my biggest concern.”

Ms Mitchell shouted at the staff to call the police. A Met Police spokesman said they were called at 5.30pm on Monday, March 11 to reports of a fight in a restaurant.

He added: “A 44-year- old man was found who had sustained injuries to his face, believed to have been caused by being punched. There has been no arrest.”

Ms Mitchell had left her 10 and 15-year-old daughters in the car outside the McDonald’s in Highgate Hill when she went in to get food.

The Swiss Cottage resident said: “What worries me is that there was CCTV, there were loads of eyewitnesses, people know these boys and it looks like they’re going to get away with it.

“These boys aren’t scared of the police or anything. I’m not the kind of person who will sit back and watch this happen. We need to take back our places and say enough is enough.

“There are always families with young children in that McDonald’s, but I have been speaking to parents and they say they’re not going to bring their children back here.”

A spokeswoman for the McDonald’s Archway branch said: “The safety and security of our people and our customers is our absolute priority, and it is extremely disappointing and unacceptable to see customers behaving in this way. We were aware of this incident and cooperated fully with police investigations.”

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