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Failed Maccas heist

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A would-be robber is on the run after trying to hold up a Launceston fast-food outlet.

Police say a man threatened McDonalds Invermay staff with a knife around 7.30 last night, but fled empty-handed when patrons intervened.

He's described as white Australian, skinny and no older than 25.

"Information can be provided anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at crimestopperstas.com.au," said Detective Senior Sergeant John Parker.