It was a blockbuster movie which spawned two sequels after it featured three hungover friends piecing together a series of scrapes they get into following a drunken stag night in Las Vegas.

But the fictional exploits of 2009 film The Hangover were not lost on thieves Jamie Abernathy and Brian Darroch when they used spoils of a credit card scam to go on a massive boozing binge.

By the time the pair had sobered up, three wood burner stoves worth £4,000 had been ordered, almost 500 kilos of fish worth £35,000 had been bought in a once famous fishing port and even a private jet had been chartered for £3,600.

The sozzled Scotsmen who were on a visit to the Lancashire seaside resort of Blackpool also treated themselves to meals, hotel rooms and vast quantities of alcohol after stealing credit card details from five members of a gym.

It not known what happened to the huge cargo of fish comprising Dover sole, halibut, lobster and king scallops which had been bought from a seafood wholesaler in Fleetwood, Lancs.

Also unknown is why the pair had ordered three stoves and why they had hired the jet to fly them from Blackpool to the Hertfordshire village of Elstree - home of the famous TV and movie studios.

Details of the antics of railway worker Abernathy, 46, and jobless 35-year old Darroch emerged at Burnley Crown Court, Lancs where a judge exclaimed: ''Good Heavens'' when told of the spree.

The court heard Abernathy and Darroch, both from Ayr had joined the Bannatyne's health club in Blackpool, Lancs 200 miles from home using false names and dates of birth. They were able to use copies of changing room locker keys - with Abernathy getting the information from bank cards in the wallets of their five victims, whilst Darroch kept look-out.

The victims of all the scams were said to be ''none the wiser'' as to the frauds until their credit card statements came through.

Abernathy and Darroch both admitted conspiracy to commit fraud. Abernathy was given 20 months in custody, suspended for two years and was ordered to complete 150 hours unpaid work. He was ordered to pay £5,000 compensation to M and J Seafood wholesales.

Darroch was given 10 months jail suspended for 18 months, with supervision for a year and 100 hours unpaid work. Their lawyers said both had given up drinking since the spree.

Cavendish Press' coverage of the case went in The Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, The Sun, Daily Express, Daily Star, Daily Record and The Times.

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