A student was punched in a Manchester McDonald’s for being a ‘southerner’

The attacker asked her where she was from, then hit her


A Salford student was punched in the face in a McDonald’s by a man who called her a “fucking southerner”.

Megan Westlotorn was attacked on Sunday the 20th of November at the Cross Street McDonald’s in Salford.

She claims that the attack was provoked when the man found out she was from London.


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Megan states that she was waiting at the till for her order, when she noticed a man who was approaching a lot of people and engaging them in conversation. She says he then approached her and all was fine until he asked where she was from. This then led to a change in his manner, and he reacted viciously.

Megan told the M.E.N:  “I noticed him talking to people when I went up to get my chicken nuggets. As soon as he asked where I was from and I said I was from London, he just switched.

“He started swearing at me and giving me abuse. He called me a fucking southerner, saying I was fucking tramps and that he hated Londoners. I stepped back and told him I was backing off from the situation.”

The ordeal wasn’t over, and when Megan retreated to the disabled toilets, the man went over and punched her in the face: “He must have knocked me unconscious for a minute or so. There was blood pouring from my nose. I was just really shocked.

“I didn’t know what had happened. I didn’t expect to get punched in the face like that. When I found my friend she couldn’t believe it either. It all happened so quickly.”

Megan described her attacker as around 5ft 4ins, white and with a Salford accent. Megan wants to stress that other people need to be aware of this attacker.

The GMP are currently investigating the incident. A spokesperson said: “Shortly after 3am on Sunday 20th of November, police were called to a restaurant on Cross Street, Salford to reports that a women had been assaulted.

“Officers attended and found an 18 year old girl had been punched in the face by a man who had fled the scene. An investigation is underway and police are now appealing for information.”

Anyone with information should call the police on 101 quoting incident number 376 of 20/11/16, or crime-stoppers on 0800 555 111.