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Woman disappears without paying £800 bill at family run hotel in Llanelli

A WOMEN allegedly accrued a bill of nearly £800 at a family-run hotel in Llanelli before disappearing without paying. Police are now investigating after the woman’s three-night stay at the Diplomat Hotel.

Hotel management claims the booking was made under a corporate name, which they suspect was false. They report that the woman accumulated a bill of £780 during her stay, which commenced on Monday, 10th June, and concluded on Thursday of the same week.

On her first night, she allegedly drank at the bar, conversed with other customers, and had a meal. She is also reported to have ordered meals on the second and third nights.

After her three-night stay, she allegedly left without paying. Paul Jenkins, the hotel’s manager, stated that he had been unable to contact the woman, and her card was declined when the hotel attempted to take payment, despite a smaller card-check payment going through earlier in her stay.

Mr Jenkins later posted on social media to try to identify her. He said “The reception staff would have treated her like any other person checking in… she didn’t seem any different to anybody else.

“It’s unlikely we’re going to get any money [back]. My basic concern is that this goes out so nobody suffers the same thing. We don’t get it often but it is a revenue loss for the hotel… every day is important for us.

“It’s a family-run hotel and outgoings are quite a lot. We work hard as a family and our staff work hard.” His message to the woman who allegedly walked out without paying is: “Just pay the bill.”

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson said: “Police received a call on Monday afternoon, 17th June, reporting a woman had stayed at the Diplomat Hotel, Llanelli, and left without paying. The woman had stayed at the hotel on Monday 10th, Tuesday 11th, and Wednesday 12th June 2024. Enquiries are being made to identify the woman.”

Police have asked anyone with information to report it either online at https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing [email protected], or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired, you can text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Alternatively, police say you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org. When making a report, quote reference DP-20240617-251.

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