A man has appeared in court accused of defrauding two Wensleydale pubs by running up bills for food, drink and accommodation — and then leaving without paying.
Phillip Moss, 39, attended York Magistrates’ Court on Monday where he denied two counts of fraud.
Mr Moss, of Lord Street, Blackpool, is accused of failing to pay after visiting the Wyvill Arms in Constable Burton on November 17, 2018, and the Countryman’s Inn in nearby Hunton the following day.
The defendant was released on unconditional bail to appear back at the court in November for trial.
Police issued an appeal for information at the time of the alleged offence confirming they were investigating after a man allegedly left a pub in Constable Burton without making an attempt to pay for his bill.
A spokeswoman said at the time: “The following day, we received a report from staff at pub in Hunton that a man had left without making an attempt to pay for his room, food and alcohol.
“Enquiries are ongoing to identify the man and establish if the two incidents are connected.”
Bosses at the Wyvill Arms said a man had left without paying their bill of more than £350.
The bill included a steak pie for lunch and a fillet steak for tea, as well as four bottles of Peroni, 14 vodka and colas, four large white wines, two gins and two pints of Hop House lager.