A man who enjoyed fine dining and refused to pay has died.
Prolific offender Alan Brown will have a pauper’s funeral unless hospital staff can trace any relatives.
The 52 year old died from natural causes a short time after getting a 56 day suspended jail term for the offence of “bilking” – making off without payment.
Mr Brown built up over 200 convictions for making off without payment, usually choosing up market restaurants and running up a bill for the best food and vintage wine.
He would give addresses as Church Street, Blackpool, and St Mary’s Road, Preston, which were both hostels.
Now staff at Blackpool Victoria Hospital have issued an appeal for any relatives of Mr Brown to come forward as their attempts to trace anyone have failed.
He died in hospital on December 16. Relatives should call (01253) 303723.
His offending led to pictures of him being circulated to restaurants across the UK for bilking in Oxfordshire, Bristol, Stoke and Cumbria.
His lawyer said: “Alan was a gentle man who would not hurt a soul.”