A NOTORIOUS food thief has struck again – conning his 204th restaurant out of a free feed.
Alan Brown has been hauled before the courts again just two months after a senior police officer warned restaurants across Blackpool not to let the 52-year-old through their doors.
This time Brown enjoyed a curry, rice and chips, washed down with a soft drink, at Vincents Cafe, Victoria Road West, Cleveleys.
But he was cornered after a waitress realised Brown was barred and demanded he settle the bill, which he was unable to do.
He told the waitress “You shouldn’t have served me”.
At Blackpool Magistrates’ Court yesterday, prosecutor Sandra O’Donnell described Brown’s crimes as “horrendous”.
She added: “People are being deprived of a living with you having all these free meals.”
Brown, who used to live in Preston but is now of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to obtaining services by deception.
He was jailed twice last year after eating for free at 12 restaurants in 12 months, but yesterday magistrates ordered him to be detained in the court precinct for the day, pay £8.50 compensation for the meal and a £20 victims’ surcharge.
He had been released from prison just eight days before his latest offence, on January 28, and defending Steven Duffy said he had turned to crime because his money had run out.
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