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Sheffield McDonald's machete attack: Clients flee as man 'slashed in face'

The man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following a machete attack at a McDonald's in Sheffield city center.

Witnesses said customers "ran for their lives" after a man entered the fast-food restaurant and knifed a diner in the head on Thursday morning.

"In McDonald's on High Street in Sheffield and a bloke just ran in and slashed a guy across the face with a machete," a woman tweeted.

The 47-year-old man suffered injuries that were not life-threatening and were taken to hospital. He was pictured bleeding heavily from the head as he walked out of the restaurant with paramedics.

South Yorkshire Police said a 21-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, possession of a knife, and possession of drugs.

He was "carted off in a riot," according to one witness, and was due to be questioned by officers in custody on Thursday afternoon.

The McDonald's restaurant and the surrounding pavement have been cordoned off by officers.

Local newspaper The Star reported part of the city center was briefly "placed on lockdown" and employees were told not to leave their buildings.

The witness told the newspaper people that McDonald's had entered the knife man.

Police forensics workers at the scene of machete attack in Sheffield (Twitter / @ mrst43)

Another said: "We did not realize what was happening at first but some guy went to McDonald's with a machete and he did someone."

South Yorkshire Police said officers were called to report a man with a machete at 9.25am.

Superintendent Paul McCurry said: “The CCTV operatives in Sheffield spotted a man with a machete, as a result they alerted police on the radio and nearby officers were on scene within less than two minutes of the call.

“They quickly detained the offender, placing the safety of the public over their own without hesitation. This is a superb example of the bravery of police officers who every day do amazing work to protect the public.”

A McDonald's spokesman said: "We can confirm that an incident which started outside our Sheffield High Street restaurant this morning resulted in the police being called and the restaurant being closed to allow them to investigate.

"We are supporting our restaurant team who were working at the time of the incident.”

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