A McDonald's restaurant in Lancashire was forced to close today after a mouse was spotting in the dining area.

The restaurant in Preston's Fishergate Centre was closed this morning after customers spotted the mouse.

After an inspection, McDonald's took the decision to close the restaurant until further notice to allow a full investigation to take place.

The restaurant, which has a 5 star Food Safety rating from the Food Standards Agency, said it has notified Fishergate Centre management of a potential pest problem.

A spokesman for McDonald’s said: "As soon as we were made aware of the potential sighting of a mouse on the dining area we closed the restaurant so a full investigation can take place.

"This is purely precautionary and as soon as we have completed this investigation along with the shopping centre management, we will reopen the restaurant.

"We take health and safety very seriously and are extremely proud of our record here, including our last 5 star Food Safety rating achieved less than 12 months ago.”