Hero wrestles armed man to ground in McDonald’s and worries ‘wife might be mad’

A taxi driver who was in a city centre McDonald's became a hero when he wrestled a metal bar-wielding man to the ground after he burst into the restaurant.

The dramatic scene played out in Huddersfield, Yorkshire but the hero of the hour Mohammed Zaheer, 42, doesn't want to tell his wife what happened because he's afraid she'll be angry.

Mohammed was in the eatery collecting a Just Eat order when the 'armed and dangerous' man entered, animated and shouting, after smashing up cars on the street.

The married dad-of-two who has worked at Mount Taxis in the suburb of Marsh for 15 years didn't hesitate.

He said: "It was instinct, really.

"I was picking up a delivery order for Just Eat when I heard a man shouting.

"I wrestled him to the ground. He was armed and dangerous and I could feel him trying to push at me but fortunately, I got him in a headlock and pinned him to the floor.

"I haven't even told my wife Tayyaba yet, I don't know whether she will be mad at me or not!"

A terrified mum fled with her son, leaving their food behind, after she saw the man 'smashing screens' and abusing staff.

She said: "My son and I ran out of McDonald's. We didn’t bother going back to get the food we had ordered, it was terrifying."

West Yorkshire Police say they were called to the branch at 5.21pm on Monday to reports of a man damaging shop windows and cars with a metal bar.

An officer was pictured pinning the man to the ground.

A spokesman said: "Officers attended a restaurant and located a man who had been detained by staff after he struck at a counter inside the premises.

"He was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and remains in police custody.

"No-one was reported to be injured in the incident and enquiries remain ongoing."

A McDonald's spokeswoman said: "We are aware of this incident and are assisting the police with their enquiries."

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