Free meals (but not so gourmet)

Alan Brown
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A FOOD fan will eat Christmas dinner behind bars after his latest penniless dining expedition.

Galloping gourmet Alan Brown funded his eating out with his own version of come dine with me.

The 62-year-old yesterday appeared in court on his 187th offence of ordering large quantities of food and drink and then not having the money to pay for it.

In his latest offence, the serial fraudster struck at breakfast time at a café in Cleveleys.

Despite it being just 8.40am he ordered and ate soup and a roll, beef curry with rice and chips, drank two cans of Tango and then had a pudding.

The female owner became suspicious when Brown, of Church Street, Blackpool, did not seem ready to leave.

When she asked for the £11 he owed for the bill he said he had not got any means to pay for what he had eaten.

District judge Mike Fanning was told about his previous offences which have been committed across the north of England where he had conned places like small cafes through to top end restaurants of their food and fine wines.

Brown was jailed for 112 days which means he will eat his festive meals behind bars.

Allan Cobain, defending, said his client was more of “a nuisance rather than a threat”.

He added: “When the police are called he always admits what he has done and never makes a fuss.

“He has committed this offence many times because he get simply gets hungry.”

Jailing Brown, the judge told him: “You are persistent fraudster.”