Sneaky Christopher Baker, 28, ordered a slap-up dinner at a bistro – but then secretly produced a rodent from his pocket. He paid his bill but then put the animal on the floor and started screaming ‘it’s a rat. I’m not eating here, I want my money back’.

Embarrassed waiters apologised and Baker was given a refund and left the Borneo Bistro in Sunderland. Pest control were called but when they examined the creature immediately smelled a rat because it look domestic and appeared to have recently ‘had a haircut’.

Bistro owner Kevin Smith then checked CCTV and spotted Baker producing the rat from his pocket and putting it on the floor. Baker, of Houghton, Sunderland, pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation at Sunderland Magistrates Court.