Firefly 1, 'beetle' 0 in Oxo Tower incident

Firefly Communications MD Mark Mellor came to the rescue of fellow industry big cheeses during an unsavoury episode last week at the Oxo Tower Brasserie.

Guests at an industry dinner were shocked to spy, as the soup-course arrived, what one describes to Diary as 'a ruddy great cockroach' scuttling across the table.

The quick-thinking Mellor imprisoned the beast in a glass.

So, does one of the capital's most media-friendly eateries have a pest-control problem?

Its general manager responds: 'A beetle-like insect was found on one of the tables. The next morning our pest-control company investigated the matter and I am pleased to confirm that their report states there was absolutely no evidence of any cockroach activity.'

That's alright, then.

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