Children were marched into a McDonald’s by their furious parents after they were caught on CCTV shout abuse, throwing food and even spitting at staff.
Anti-social behaviour has gotten so bad at the fast food restaurant that a member of staff had taken to wearing a body camera, which recorded the horrifying abuse.
Detectives reviewed the footage from the branch in Middleton, Greater Manchester, and managed to identify all of the children involved.
The group was also captured on CCTV at the Tesco Extra store in the town centre, reports the Manchester Evening News.
Officers and PCSOs from Middleton and Blackley managed to identify the youths, who are all aged between 11 and 14.
Now they are speaking to all the members of the group, whether they committed an offence or not, and are bringing them into the station with their parents to show them the footage of what they got up.
PC Stu Ockwell says the parents who have seen the footage are absolutely horrified.
He says they marched their children over to the restaurant and made them apologise to staff for their behaviour.
All the youths are now being referred to the Youth Offending Team, who will work with them to help steer them away from crime.
As a result of this, two youths could be cautioned for a public order offence and a common assault offence in relation to the spitting.
The team will also be working proactively to stop the children engaging in any more anti-social behaviour.
The children’s parents have also pledged to stop them returning to Middleton town centre.
Officers worked with schools to identify all members of the group, and have warned that anyone causing trouble in the town centre in future will be found.
PC Ockwell said: “It’s a really positive result. The parents have been very supportive and there’s been no trouble since. It was nice that the parents got to see what their kids had been up to.
“If parents think their kids are part of anything like this, they should call them and get them out of there.
“They need to know that they will be identified.”