Low note for former singer

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A FORMER teenage singing star tried to pay for a Chinese meal using a credit card stolen from rugby legend Lawrence Dallaglio.

As a youngster, Aidan Salter, from Cleadon, strutted his stuff as pop star Will Young on ITV’s Stars in Their Eyes.

However, the 21-year-old swapped the stage for the courtroom after trying to use Mr Dallaglio’s Mastercard five times to settle a £43.80 bill at Hungs restaurant in Soho, London.

The card, linked to an account with Coutts – the exclusive “Queen’s Bank” – had been taken from the former England international and cancelled in 2005, Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard yesterday.

Izolda Gribbin, prosecuting, said jobless Salter and a woman had sat down to eat at the restaurant in Wardour Street, at 3.30am on October 20, 2010.

After the card was rejected, he left to use a cash machine, but returned five minutes later and admitted he had no money to pay for the food.

“He said he was going to pay later as he was unable to pay that day,” added Ms Gribbin.

“He was told he was unable to do that and the police were called.”

Following his arrest, former St Wilfrid’s Comprehensive School pupil Salter, who has no previous convictions, told officers the card had belonged to his “millionaire” step-brother, the court heard.

“He said he went out and picked it up and he intended to return it,” said Ms Gribbin.

Mr Dallaglio – whose sister Francesca died in the Marchioness pleasure boat disaster on the River Thames in 1989 – was a member of the England squad that won the 2003 Rugby World Cup, and later captained the side following the retirement of Martin Johnson.

Salter, of South Drive, Cleadon, admits fraud by false representation and possession of an article for use in fraud.

Bailing him to return for sentencing on March 7, bench chairman John Newgas said: “It is essential that a probation report be obtained. We therefore intend to adjourn this matter for three weeks.”

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