£1,500 court bill for con artist after doing a runner from Hawick B&B without paying

Hawick's North Bridge Street B&B.
Hawick's North Bridge Street B&B.

A serial con artist has been hit with a £1,500 bill after leaving a Borders bed-and-breakfast establishment without paying.

William Moffat, 51, ran up a tab of £630 for lodgings, food and drink after staying for three nights at the North Bridge Street B&B in Hawick in November 2016.

It later emerged that he had been accused of similar scams at other B&Bs in Lauder and Dumfries and he is even the subject of a Facebook page set up by people unhappy about their financial dealings with him entitled ‘William Moffat, Midlothian conman’.

He was found guilty after a trial at Selkirk Sheriff Court of obtaining food, drink and lodgings at the Hawick guesthouse to the value of £630 without paying or intending to pay.

Moffat, giving an address in Alice Hamilton Way in West Linton, was fined £900, including £300 for breaching bail.

He was also ordered to pay the B&B £630 compensation.