>Eat and Run Crimewave Hits London Restaurants

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>MORE London diners than ever are doing a runner from restaurants without paying the bill, newly uncovered Metropolitan Police figures show.

According to the statistics unearthed by The Independent newspaper, police were called to 330 eat-and-run incidents in London in 2010 compared to 249 in 2009, a rise of some 33%.

It’s the first time the 300 barrier has been broken and follows a stable period when, for five years, the figures for restaurant-bill escapees hovered around the 250 mark.

Though the real eat-and-run figure is

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