A dine and dasher ran up a £452 unpaid bill after guzzling 26 pints and lavishing himself with meals at a tow's popular hotel and bar.

The brazen offender even brought chocolates to thank the staff of The Angel in Halesworth for their hospitality as he swindled the venue.

On his tab were 15 pints of Birra Moretti, eight pints of Guinness, seven rum and cokes, three pints of Aspall, five bags of Mini Cheddars and three meals and other sides.

The dine and dasher checked into the hotel on Monday, November 20.

He provided a debit card at the stage of booking to guarantee the reservation.

On Thursday, November 23, the guest failed to show up for breakfast.

He had left without a word and crucially without paying the bill but had sent an email to the hotel saying he would return at the check-out time to settle up.

But he never did.

Beccles & Bungay Journal: Picture of The Angel Hotel, Thoroughfare, HalesworthPicture of The Angel Hotel, Thoroughfare, Halesworth (Image: Anglea Sharpe)Bar manager, William Tennant, is "disappointed" this has happened to his family's business.

"We are an honest family-run business, of course it is a shame that this has happened to us, but the importance of speaking out is to raise awareness so other businesses are vigilant.

"It is a disappointing reflection on the human race and frankly rather sad that this person thinks it is okay to use and exploit businesses.

"We all put on a great service for the man, as we do all our customers, and for him to brazenly take advantage of us really takes the mickey.

"It is in the hands of the authorities now, so let's hope we can get some form of justice," he said.

Beccles & Bungay Journal: The CCTV image from The Angel had to be blurred for legal reasons The CCTV image from The Angel had to be blurred for legal reasons (Image: Submitted)

The hotel said they have tried to charge the card provided on many occasions but no payment has been successful.

Mr Tennant said he didn't believe anything was particularly out of character about the man's behaviour until he reflected on the incident.

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He said: "It is striking how brazen he was.

"He was polite and very complimentary to our staff, saying how amazing he had been treated, how lovely everything was, how content he is.

"He even bought chocolates for us to thank us for our hospitality.

"When the whole time he was playing a twisted and sadistic game."

The hotel has reported the incident to Action Fraud, the national reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime.

Pauline Smith, head of Action Fraud, said: “Action Fraud can confirm it is currently being assessed by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) at the City of London Police.”

Beccles & Bungay Journal: Picture of Angel Hotel in HalesworthPicture of Angel Hotel in Halesworth (Image: Angela Sharpe)