MCDONALD’S has said it is offering support to staff in Oxford after a customer died at its restaurant in Cornmarket Street.

The city centre branch was closed for a period on Sunday evening following the death of the as-yet unidentified male.

Despite paramedics’ attempts to revive him, the man was pronounced dead at the scene at around 6pm.

Police said on Monday that his death was being treated as 'unexplained but not suspicious’.

Responding in a statement today, a spokesman for the burger chain said: "We can confirm that very sadly a sudden death occurred at our Oxford restaurant [on Sunday].

“The restaurant was closed for a period at the request of the police. We are doing everything we can to support all of our staff affected by this tragic incident and wish to extend our condolences to the family and friends of the customer involved.

“Due to the on-going police investigation this it is not something we can comment on further at this time."

The busy city centre restaurant was put on lock down following the incident as police and paramedics raced to the scene.

One witness, who asked not to be named, said: "There were lots of police and at one point no one was allowed in or out of McDonald's."

Thames Valley Police said a file was being prepared for the Oxfordshire coroner and an inquest, which will reveal the cause of death, is expected to be opened and adjourned.