Sadiq Khan’s armed motorcade takes detour to McDonald’s

Sadiq Khan’s heavily armed motorcade took a detour during a high-speed dash between two cities in Pakistan - to stop for a McDonald’s.

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Security teams allowed City Hall staff and media a brief break during the five-hour late night motorway journey from Lahore to Islamabad.

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Scotland Yard protection officers wearing earpieces mingled with diners while Pakistani police SWAT teams, armed with AK47 assault rifles formed a protective ring outside.

London’s Mayor posed for selfies with customers after his meal. City Hall staff explained McDonald’s serves halal Big Macs.

The Pakistani authorities have given Mr Khan VIP security because of the terrorist threat. Streets are closed to allow his motorcade to move swiftly between official meetings.