Police are combining forces in pursuit of a "brazen'" dine and dasher who racked up a £1,000 unpaid tab during stays at two Suffolk hotels.

The scammer checked into The Angel Inn hotel in Wangford and The Angel in Halesworth using the name of a man who was previously convicted of a string of similar dine and dash offences in Suffolk and Norfolk.

Now Suffolk police has confirmed officers are working with Essex Police to find the dine and dasher.

Essex Police is investigating half a dozen similar offences.

A Suffolk Police spokesman said: "Officers from both the Essex and Suffolk forces are investigating offences of a similar nature.

"Those investigations are ongoing.”

Beccles & Bungay Journal: The Angel in WangfordThe Angel in Wangford (Image: Bill Darnell)Beccles & Bungay Journal: The Angel in HalesworthThe Angel in Halesworth (Image: Anglea Sharpe)

The man first checked into the Angel in Wangford, in between Beccles and Southwold,  on Saturday, November 18.

He stayed there for two nights and on each night ate a meal, and on one evening even bought a round of drinks for the regulars at the bar.

On Monday, November 20 he checked out without paying his £652 tab and checked himself into the Angel in Halesworth, just 7.5 miles down the road.

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The name the man used at the Wangford hotel was the same name he used at the hotel in Halesworth.

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)

During a three-night stay at the Halesworth 16th century building, the man ran up a £452 tab. He had a meal on each night and bought chocolates to thank staff for their hospitality.

Among the items the man ordered 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 side dishes.

His actions were labelled as "brazen" by William Tennant, from the hotel.

The name he used was the name of a man who was jailed in 2021 after using the same trick of booking a room, staying for a number of nights and charging all food and drinks to the room before leaving without paying.

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