Diner jailed after dodging food bill

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A diner who dodges paying for his food is doing porridge for the next 56 days.

Alan Brown enjoys meals washed down with alcohol but never has the money to pay.

The 52-year-old, of St Mary’s Street, Preston, has racked up 210 convictions for food fraud.

His lawyer Allan Cobain told Blackpool Magistrates Court: “Normally he will run up a bill of £40 or more for his food and wine. This time he was a little more down-market.”

“He enjoyed Blackpool fish, chips and peas with bread and butter and tea with two bottles of beer at a cost of £12.90.”

“He had only just come out of prison with a £47 grant. He bought a new coat and then became very hungry.”

“He is a an old fashioned knight of the road character. He does apply for benefits but is usually back in prison before they are sorted out.”

Magistrates sent Brown back to jail for 56 days. He admitted fraud– eating a meal which he knew he could not pay for.

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