Lee Tyers was a regular customer at Jamal’s Indian Restaurant but owed the business £110 for previous unpaid bills.

CCTV footage showed that Tyers pulled hair from inside his trousers and put it on his lamb bhuna meal, then complained about having hair in his dinner.

After an argument he left the restaurant without paying.

Owner Jamal Chowdhury told Teesside and North East’s Evening Gazette: “I told him all the staff have black hair and this is brown – it’s not our hair.

“I told him if you pay for the meal now I will look at the CCTV video and if I find there’s something wrong I will pay him back.

He allegedly told Tyers “If you don’t pay, I’ll call the police. You’re trying to ruin my business’.”

In his defence, Tyers said he’d “tried to pay three times. He [Chowdhury] said he wanted a-hundred-and-something pounds, and I said ‘that’s nowt to do with me’.”

Tyers has been sentenced to two weeks in jail and has been ordered to pay out £39.55 for his unpaid bill.