Man Uses McDonald’s Toilet, Misses Armed Raid

It was his birthday and everything.

1. Jon Benson had a lucky escape after he decided to use the toilet in a McDonald’s in Peterborough.

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The 39-year-old emerged from the lavatory to discover an armed robber had stormed the restaurant in Eastgate.

He told Peterborough Today: “I had been in there just 10 minutes and when I came out the place was deserted.

“The staff and customers were in the car park and there were two armed police officers. The atmosphere was really tense.

3. “As I came out everyone turned to look at me but no one spoke or approached me.

“I decided that I was going to leave but as I drove out I spoke to a member of staff who was putting cones across the car park entrance.

“She was terrified and shaking and told me that a guy with a shotgun had carried out an armed robbery.”

5. He added: “I was in Peterborough on work. I have never visited the city before and thought I’d just freshen up and have a coffee before I went back home. It’s so weird and it’s my birthday.

“But it was a memorable day. I was driving up to Peterborough feeling a little disappointed that birthdays are a bit flat the older you get.

“At least I had a good story to tell my family over dinner.”

Cambridgeshire Police confirmed to BuzzFeed two men had been arrested on suspicion of robbery and released on bail.

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Richard James is acting head of news for BuzzFeed Australia and is based in Sydney.
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