Police use DNA to track down diners who skipped the bill

Frankie & Benny's Credit: Press Association

Two diners who ran away from a restaurant without paying their bill were brought to justice after police recovered their DNA profiles from drinking straws.

Nathan Burgess and Jordan O’Neill enjoyed a meal and drinks at Frankie and Benny’s at Salford Quays, but fled after a waiter gave them their £57 bill. They escaped despite being chased by staff.

Police were called and two officers from Pendleton police station in Salford recovered two straws they were using to drink.The plastic straws were tested and DNA profiles recovered.

Experts ran the profiles through a national database and they proved to be a match to profiles for Burgess and O’Neill already stored in the system.

Burgess, 23, and O’Neill, 21 pleaded guilty at Manchester and Salford magistrates court to a specific charge of making off without payment.

Burgess was given an eight-week curfew, between 7pm and 7am daily, and ordered to pay court costs of £145.

O’Neill was sentenced earlier at a court hearing in May. He was ordered to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work and pay £57.15 compensation to the restaurant – the full cost of their bill.