Employees at notorious KFC Birmingham branch now serve through protective wire

A KFC restaurant which has been blighted by a spate of violent attacks is now serving customers through a protective "chicken wire-style" cage in order to protect staff.

The fast-food giant has taken the drastic measure at one of their Birmingham branches after being plagued by a series of worrying incidents in the last 12 months.

The notorious Chelmsley Wood restaurant has seen staff members assaulted by intruders who have jumped over the counter as well as several fights breaking out.

The security wiring - secured by metal bars secured from the counter to the roof - was introduced after a female thug assaulted a staff member.

KFC with wire

The customer was seen brawling with the worker after a food fight broke out during the ugly incident in April last year.

A 16-year-old boy was then badly assaulted in the store when he tried to intervene in an argument involving a girl in October.

The KFC is known in the city as one of "Brum's roughest" with many customers afraid to visit the restaurant after dark due to antisocial behaviour

One customer visiting the store on Sunday (26/1), who did not wish to be named, said: "I'm not surprised they've resorted to this. It's moody as anything.

"I'll only come in the daytime as it is all gangs of teenagers come the evenings, its like they have nothing better to do. Its always kicking off around here.

"It looks like chicken wire, which is ironic. It's unsightly too, its has an airport security feel about it."

KFC with wire

Another customer, Joanne Marshall, 19, a college student, said: "I don't feel unsafe here as there's security staff here but its a bit unnerving to see security barriers at a KFC.

"It's a sign of the times I suppose."

When asked about the security measures at the branch, one staff member said: "We've had a few problems with fights so its for our safety.

"One of our girls was attacked, people have jumped over the counter before. It's fine most of the time but we've had a few issues, shall we say."

KFC through wire

Other residents reacted on social media with Graham Bassett saying: "We are now living in a violent society were there is no respect for anything and any body."

Debbie Riley put on Facebook: "Don't blame them I saw a really nasty situation safety for the staff."

Shakil Mohammed added: "So kfc is serving chicken through chicken wire".

Dan Moore said: "It's the roughest KFC in and around Brum without doubt. Seen loads of trouble in there."

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