Mum slams fire­cracker yobs

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A mother-of-two thought a bomb had ex­ploded af­ter fire­crack­ers were set off in a McDon­ald’s restau­rant.

It was the third in­ci­dent in two days af­ter a group of youths were seen throw­ing the small ex­plo­sives at each other, in Cran­ford Road, near Cen­tral Park, Dart­ford, be­fore tar­get­ting an Ar­gos store in Low­field Street on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 4.

Po­lice at­tended and con­ducted a search but no sus­pects were found.

Jo Lawrence was at the fast­food eatery in Spi­tal Street at around 6pm on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 5, with her twin sons when the third in­ci­dent hap­pened.

She was get­ting din­ner with her hus­band and chil­dren af­ter the boys’ first swim­ming les­son.

As the 38-year-old headed to the counter to or­der, a group of youths threw the fire­crack­ers into the restau­rant.

She said: “It was busy, there was about 15 to 20 peo­ple queu­ing and peo­ple sit­ting down with their chil­dren.

“The next thing I knew there was a big bang and smoke. I thought it was a bomb at first.

“It was so loud and I was left with ring­ing in my ears.”

Any­one who wit­nessed the in­ci­dent and hasn’t al­ready spo­ken to po­lice, is asked to phone 01634 792209 quot­ing 05-1473.

A McDon­ald’s spokesman said: “The safety and se­cu­rity of our peo­ple and cus­tomers is of the ut­most im­por­tance to us.

“We there­fore take a zero tol­er­ance ap­proach when it comes to crime and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour in and around our res­tau­rants.

“Po­lice were called and we are cur­rently as­sist­ing with their in­quiries.”

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