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Two charged after canister incident at Stafford McDonald's

McDonald's Stafford canister Image copyright West Midlands Ambulance Service
Image caption Twelve people required medical attention when a canister was set off at a McDonald's restaurant in Stafford

Two men will appear in court after a canister was set off in a fast-food restaurant.

Police were called to McDonald's on Eccleshall Road, in Stafford, on 18 April.

Two girls aged 17 and 18 were taken to hospital with respiratory and abdominal problems.

Christopher Wardle, 25, and Spencer Benham, 23, were arrested on Wednesday and will appear at Cannock Magistrates' Court later.

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Mr Wardle, from Barrack Road in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, is charged with possessing a weapon for the discharge of a noxious gas and causing or administering a noxious gas with intent to injure, aggrieve or annoy.

Mr Benham, of Wilberforce Road in Leicester, is charged with possessing a weapon for the discharge of a noxious gas.

An 18-year-old girl and two 17-year old boys arrested following the incident have been released on bail.

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