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‘Thieving’ runaway bride is now homeless

The wedding has been called off.
The wedding has been called off. Supplied

A RUNAWAY bride who allegedly faked her groom's stag do and fled with the $21,000 kitty has been spotted for the first time since being arrested.

Rachel Doran was seen puffing on a cigarette outside homeless shelter with a hoodie shielding her face from prying eyes.

The 29-year-old hadn't been seen for a fortnight after her husband-to-be and 29 of his pals arrived at Leeds-Bradford airport in the UK to find they had been given fake boarding cards.

Doran was detained on suspicion of fraud after duping her groom-to-be and allegedly running off with the cash he and pals put towards his stag.

A source told the Sunday Mirror: "She doesn't stray far from the door and when she leaves she normally has her hoodie pulled up.

"She's wary of being recognised after all that's gone on, but she's on friendly terms with the other people staying there. She's happy chatting to them."

Confirming the arrest, UK Police said: "We can confirm that a 29-year-old woman, from Cleator Moor, was arrested yesterday evening on suspicion of fraud by false representation.

"She has since been released under investigation while inquiries continue."

Chris Mahone was left high and dry at the airport when he and 29 pals turned up to fly to Ibiza but discovered they had been duped.

His wife-to-be Doran had offered to arrange the flights and hotel for the huge four-day knees up on the party island.

But she is alleged to have pocketed the cash and run away from the couple's home in Cumbria - as Mahone and his mates were turned away after presenting fake boarding passes.

Some of his pals decided not to let it spoil a planned holiday and booked onto a flight to Magaluf as Mahone decided to head home and drown his sorrows instead.

But after a four-day bender in his hometown, he changed his Facebook profile picture to an image of him and three pals on a flight.

The 27-year-old posted the picture of him and mates holding wads of cash as one wore a bright pink stag do T-shirt.

It is not known if this was an old photo to replace the Facebook profile shot of Mahone and Doran, or a second go at a lads holiday after the first attempt to go away failed miserably.

It came as Doran headed for a caravan park to 'go into hiding' as her embarrassed family disowned her.

Mahone had earlier apologised to pals online and told them the $8,500 Christmas wedding for 100 guests has been cancelled.

One friend said: "Chris is in a bad way. He can't believe what has happened and is struggling to get his head around it.

"He was looking forward to his stag do in Ibiza with all his friends and was excited about getting married - but it's all over.

"Chris doesn't want anything to do with Rachel anymore.

"He's beside himself and in bits but he can't see any way forward after what she's done to him and the lads."

A relative, who did not want to be named, said: "We are all devastated. He thought she was the most amazing fiancee ever, for organising the stag and everything."

Sources claim Doran was seeking revenge after mistakenly believing Chris had cheated on her.

Her brother Ryan fumed online: "Too good of a lad for a scumbag like that pal, she will get what's coming to her!

"She's got no f***er now! No morals whatsoever!!"

This story originally appeared in The Sun and is republished here with permission.

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