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Teesside diner accused of putting hair in his food to swindle restaurant over food bill

A Teesside man has been accused of putting a hair in his food to swindle a restaurant over a food bill.

Alleged fraudster Michael McDonagh is said to have attempted the ruse while at an eatery in Middlesbrough on July 4, last year. Details of which restaurant involved have not yet been disclosed.

The Thornaby man was due to appear at Teesside Magistrates’ Court last Friday charged with fraud but failed to appear.

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The particulars of the offence allege that McDonagh “committed fraud in that you dishonestly made a false representation, namely demanded a refund for your meal after you purposely put a hair in it, intending to make a gain, namely a cash refund for yourself.”

The 36-year-old, of Sandringham Road, is also accused of carrying out a racist assault on the same date. It is alleged McDonagh assaulted Jamie Chow by beating and the offence was racially aggravated.

A warrant for McDonagh was issued at Teesside Magistrates” Court following his non-appearance.