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London restaurants and chefs warned of dry cleaning scam

London restaurants should beware a letter requesting payment for a bogus dry-cleaning incident.

Galvin Bistrot Deluxe on Baker Street recently received correspondence asking it to reimburse a �7 dry-cleaning bill after a waiter apparently spilt drink on a diner�s shirt then promised the restaurant would cover any costs.

The bill was sent with a letter outlining details of the accident requesting reimbursement to be sent to Shipu Miah at an East London address.

Galvin Bistrot de Luxe�s communications manager Clare Gorry said: �We carefully log any such incidents and no spillages were reported on the given date, nor is there any record of the claimant visiting the restaurant.�

She added: �It is clearly a photocopy that they send to hundreds of restaurants.�

Restaurants across the country are still being targeted by a dry-cleaning scam exposed by Caterer last week.

Outlets from Wales, North Yorkshire and Gloucestershire have this week emerged as the latest targets of the swindle.

Bruce Elsworth, chef-patron of the Angel Inn at Hetton, North Yorkshire, said he had received an identical letter and dry cleaning bill to the one received by Leicestershire restaurateur Sarah Poli, featured in Caterer last week.

Other targets were Simon Newcombe, chef and owner of the 80-seat Chandlery restaurant in Newport, South Wales, and Brian Jarvis, of the Thornbury Castle hotel in Thornbury, Gloucestershire.

All three received a faxed dry cleaning bill for �17.99 from a customer claiming his suit had been stained after a drink was spilt over it.

The headed letter gives the name of a Liverpool company, Unicorn Trading.

No one was available at Unicorn Trading for comment.

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