‘Dine and sprint’ couple scoffed pizza price £100 then did a runner hunted by cops

Police are on the hunt for a pair of diners who allegedly legged it from a posh pizza restaurant without paying their hefty bill.

The incident at Franco Manca, which was reported last Friday at the Didsbury eatery in Manchester, saw the customers scarper before settling the £98.35 tab, prompting Greater Manchester Police to get involved. The cops now want to find the individuals caught on CCTV taken between around 3.07pm and 4.20pm on Friday, May 17.

If you recognise the pair who cops call a dine-and-dash couple, or if you have any information that can help, you’re being asked to step forward. GMP shared the appeal and the image via their Chorlton and Didsbury Facebook page.

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It read: “We want to speak to these individuals following a dine and dash worth £98.35 at Franco Manca in Didsbury on 17/05/2024 between 3:07pm and 4:20pm. Any info? Call 101 quoting Log CRI/06A3/0010083/24 or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111,” reports the Mirror.

The pizza chain is hugely popular across the UK
The pizza chain is hugely popular across the UK

Dine and Dash tactics are becoming more popular, sadly, as earlier this month a notorious couple known for their antics where they would rack up hefty food and drink bills before fleeing without paying, faced justice in court. Bernard McDonagh, 41, and Ann McDonagh, 39, both from Sandfields, Port Talbot, stood before Swansea Magistrates’ Court, pleading guilty to five joint charges of fraud.

The charges outlined how the duo deceitfully obtained food and drink for themselves and their family at four restaurants and one takeaway in the south Wales area, leaving behind unpaid bills totalling £1,168.10. It was claimed that the couple indulged at these establishments “having no intention of paying for” their orders.

Ann McDonagh also confessed to four counts of shoplifting, including from high-end retailer Tommy Hilfiger, making off with goods worth £1,017.60. District Judge Chris James referred the case to Swansea Crown Court for sentencing, scheduled for Wednesday, May 29.

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