CONCERNS have been raised following reports of drug dealing at Boscombe's McDonald's restaurant.

A shocked parent contacted the Daily Echo claiming to see an exchange taking place between members of the public at the counter with children just yards away.

The incident reportedly took place on a Saturday afternoon and the mother raised the matter with staff.

McDonald's told the Daily Echo they are aware of "long-term" antisocial behaviour issues having an affect in the community.

Cllr Philip Stanley-Watts said he visited the fast-food outlet to discuss the matter directly with staff and the franchise owner.

"Anything like this is totally unacceptable," said Cllr Stanley-Watts.

"McDonald's attracts a lot of families.

"I feel there should be a zero tolerance approach on any drug use. The council and police have always worked together to address the problems of drugs.

"The neighbourhood team do a brilliant job but if residents do have concerns we must ensure they are addressed."

A McDonald’s spokesperson: “We are aware of the long-term antisocial behaviour issues which are impacting the surrounding area, and continue to play a leading role as a business working to combat this.

"We continue to ensure that we remain a good neighbour and that our restaurant is a welcoming environment for our people and customers.

"We have a number of initiatives in place to help combat any issues, including hosting community meetings to address any ongoing issues in the surrounding area, and to work closely with local authorities and community groups.”

Dorset Police said they had no reference of the specific incident raised to the Daily Echo but officers from the local neighbourhood policing team had been made aware and would contact staff.

Neighbourhood inspector Jon Wasey: “We fully recognise the impact drug-related offences and anti-social behaviour can have on residents and we actively carry out intelligence-led patrols in the area.

"We also work with local businesses to help tackle drug-related crime and anti-social behaviour.

“We will always encourage members of the community to report any concerns relating to drug dealing or misuse to us and will make every effort to act on information received."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police by calling 101 or emailing