A ROGUE builder who admitted three thefts from clients has been jailed for eight months.

Ross Butler was given £8,500 to carry out work at properties in Galashiels and Selkirk but failed to deliver.

The 40-year-old admitted, at a farmhouse near Selkirk between September and December 2016, receiving £6,055 of money to buy and rent equipment, building materials and documents for work to be carried out, but failed to purchase them and stole the money.

He also completed similar offences at a house in Elwyn Terrace in Galashiels, between July, 2016 and November 2016, involving the sum of £2349.

And at a house in Abbotsford Terrace, Galashiels, between July 2016, and November 2016, he pocketed the sum of £210.

Butler, formerly of Galashiels and now living in Cheltenham, was jailed for 240 days at Jedburgh Sheriff Court, back-dated to August 7 after pleading guilty to three thefts by appropriation.