McDonald's security guard filmed beating, kicking woman on ground after she threw drink at him outside UK restaurant

The incident happened outside a McDonald's in Birmingham at the weekend.
The incident happened outside a McDonald's in Birmingham at the weekend. Photo credit: Snapchat/Birmz is Grime/Twitter

Video footage showing a McDonald's security guard beating a woman on the ground outside a UK restaurant has sparked a police investigation.

The video, filmed outside a McDonald's in Birmingham on Sunday (local time), shows the guard grabbing a baton and chasing the woman until she falls. He proceeds to beat her with the baton and kick her while she lies on the ground.

In the moments before the beating, the woman was filmed drenching the security guard with a drink.

A McDonald's spokesperson says the incident is being investigated by the police.

"We have a zero-tolerance approach to violence or abuse of any kind and will cooperate fully with police inquiries," the spokesperson told BirminghamLive.

Local police confirmed a 47-year-old man had been arrested for alleged assault.

"We're aware of [a] video circulating online which shows disorder outside McDonald's in Birmingham city centre," West Midlands police said in a statement. 

"We ask that you please stop sharing this video and do not speculate on the circumstances at this time, as it may hinder our investigation." 

An update on the investigation would be provided as soon as possible, police said.