– McDonald's spokesman
“This afternoon a crane has caused damage to the roof of our Consett restaurant. The crane had been on site to carry out scheduled development work and toppled while moving an outdoor chiller unit.
“Thankfully nobody was injured. The safety of our customers and employees is our top priority and the restaurant will remain closed while the damage is fully assessed.”
A crane crashed through the roof a McDonald's restaurant when it was delivering "a freezer or an air con unit".
The incident happened at the fast food giant's outlet in Consett, County Durham, but it is not believed there were any injuries.
Brett Cooper, a 41-year-old geologist from Consett, said: "I'm not sure if it was lifting a freezer or an air con unit but it seems to have just gone over.
"Contractors have been working at the McDonald's so the drive-through has been closed but the restaurant was still open when it happened.
"There were people in there when the crane went through. I think they will need another crane to get it out."
A horse owner who was fined after her daughter's pony defecated on the floor of a McDonald's said the animal had dined on McFlurrys on previous visits to the Manchester restaurant.
Drive-through staff refused to serve riders Christine McGrail and daughter Olivia unless their animals were tied up first, to the surprise of the mother-of-one.
"We've been to that McDonald’s at least half a dozen times on the horses. Minnie (the pony) likes McFlurrys," she told the Manchester Evening News.
McGrail said she mistakenly took staff "literally" when they suggested the riders enter the fast food outlet rather than wait with the horses in the drive-through queue.
“We were standing in the queue for ages. It was only when she did the poop, that things kicked off," she told the paper.
Pictures have revealed the damage done by a horse which was taken into a branch of McDonald's.
"I can confirm that on 20th July a woman allowed her pony to enter our restaurant in Whitefield after being refused service in the drive-thru lane.
The incident caused distress to customers and disruption for the restaurant and the police issued the woman with a Fixed Penalty notice.
"The health safety of our customers and staff is our top priority and for this reason we are unable to serve pedestrians, bicycle riders or customers on horseback through the drive-thru."