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A seaside restaurant has issued an enchantment to hint a gaggle who “dined and dashed” after allegedly consuming greater than £400 of meals and drinks.

The celebration, which is alleged to have consisted of 4 ladies and kids, reportedly left La Bellas Vista in St-Leonards-on-Sea after having fun with an array of appetisers, the Sunday particular roast beef and a wide range of pasta dishes earlier than upping and leaving.

The East Sussex venue shared photographs on Facebook of the “despicable” diners in a bid to hint them – and warn different small companies. The invoice issued by the restaurant exhibits a complete of £425.38 excellent, reported Mirror Online.

It’s reported the workers managed to nook one of many ladies and secured the restaurant doorways till the police arrived. Subsequently, it’s reported she was escorted to a close-by money machine, the place she handed over “all she had”, which was £60, on Sunday afternoon.

Video footage seen by The Mirror, depicts the group lingering close to the restaurant’s entrance after the police intervention. The group had allegedly “pretended” to seek out one thing of their meals and complained to workers, to request a minimize on their invoice.

Aldo Esposito, one of many house owners, instructed the publication: “It was a very traumatic situation for us. There were four ladies and eight children, and they had enjoyed their food until they pretended they had found something in the food. This was about halfway through the meal but they carried on eating.”

Mr Esposito mentioned he had “never seen anything like it” claiming the adults “weren’t watching the kids”, who have been inflicting “havoc, screaming and shouting.” The businessman added he needed to inform a toddler to cease when he caught him taking part in with an ice bucket.

“These aren’t toys, they are very expensive actually,” he added. “So I had to ask him to stop.” He additionally claimed one other baby did not like their apple juice and proceeded to tip it all around the ground.

La Bella Vista’s house owners say they’ve encountered two different teams of “dash and dine” friends up to now couple of months. The proprietor suspects one group is expounded to the ladies on Sunday, and so they too used a “professional complaint” method by “feigning” an allergic response.

No allergy was declared when the group arrived, she added.

Warning different enterprise house owners in St Leonards-on-Sea, the restaurant posted photos of the ladies on its Facebook web page. The publish reads: “Warning to all small business owners! This despicable group brazenly walked into La Bella Vista this afternoon with their 8 children, ordered over £400 worth of food and drink and then refused to pay.

“The police managed to get well £60 for us, a mere drop within the ocean! This is the third time we’ve got been hit by teams like these within the final couple of months, so please remember.”

Police assisted when three women left but staff kept the fourth woman inside the restaurant until officers arrived. Sussex Police said the force continues to investigate the incident, in which it said a member of staff was believed to have been assaulted at the restaurant.

A spokesperson for Sussex Police said: “We can verify we’re investigating a report of a gaggle of individuals making off with out fee from a restaurant in St Leonards. The group are alleged to have left La Bella Vista in Grand Parade round 5pm on Sunday 7 January with out paying for his or her meal.

“A member of staff also reported being assaulted. Officers have attended the premises and engaged with staff and enquiries are ongoing. Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to report it online or call 101, quoting serial 748 of 07/01.”