The fast food chain McDonalds was shocked yesterday as it's most famous icon, Ronald McDonald, was charged with downloading offensive images from the internet. His laptop, pictured above, was confiscated pending a police investigation. The clown refused to comment, but continued smiling throughout a barrage of media questions.
A police spokesperson confirmed "Mr McDonald has been placed under arrest pending investigation. We received several tipoffs from web users who had been asked to trade pictures with the clown, who used the user name Ronnie_Is_Lovin_It_xxx in chat rooms."
MSN and Yahoo were unavailable for comment, as were McDonalds.
Rivals, Burger King, said "The Hamburglar has never did anything in this scale before. Indeed his only criminal convictions are for burger theft and arson."
Angry protesters picketted all McDonalds in the UK today as the news spread throughout the nation. Banners carried slogans such as 'A Visit To McDonalds Turns You Gay' and one read 'Ronald is McDonald Ducked!'