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Pair released under investigation following arrests on suspicion of making off without payment at numerous pubs and restaurants in Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex

Two people arrested in connection of a series of incidents at pubs and restaurants in East Anglia, where meals were ordered but not paid for, have been released under investigation.

Suffolk Police detained a 43-year-old woman from Sudbury and a 45-year-old man from Hadleigh yesterday, on suspicion of making off without payment, in relation to a number of cases reported between July and October.

After their arrests in Ipswich, the pair was transported to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre for questioning.

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A police spokesman confirmed today that both the man and woman have now been released under investigation, pending further enquiries.

Most of the incidents occurred at businesses in Suffolk, including:

  • Hintlesham Hall, Hintlesham, on August 9
  • The George, Hintlesham, on August 24
  • The Waterfront Bistro, Key Street, Ipswich, on September 2
  • The Marquis of Cornwallis, Upper Street, Layham, on September 10 – meals ordered to the value of £197 without payment
  • The Swan Inn, The Street, Monks Eleigh, in late October

There were also cases in Norfolk – at the Bird In Hand pub in Wreningham on July 19 and the Sugar Beat pub in Bracon Ash on July 20 – and in Essex, where a meal worth £146 was not paid for Barn Brasserie in Brook Road, Colchester on August 23.

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