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Man held in restaurant bills probe

A man accused of enjoying lavish meals at a string of high-class London restaurants before fleeing without paying the bill is to appear in court.

Janis Nords, 27, allegedly dined in three luxury establishments, racking up food and drink bills ranging from £349 to £1,021, before making off without payment.

He was arrested on Tuesday night at L'Oranger, in south west London, owned by three Michelin-star chef Laurent Michel, after being detained by staff.

A woman, in her 20s, was later arrested at an address in Stoke Newington, but released without charge.

Unemployed Nords is accused of three counts of making off without payments.

The first charge relates to an incident at the Glass House restaurant, in Station Terrace, Richmond, south west London, on October 14, when a bill of £349 went unpaid.

The second relates to a £965.40 unpaid bill at the five-star Connaught Hotel, in Carlos Street, west London, on November 6.

The final charge relates to a bill worth £1,021.73 which was unpaid at the L'Oranger, in St James's Street, on Tuesday.

Nords, of Princess May Road, north London, is expected to appear via video link at Camberwell Green Magistrates' Court.

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