BACKGROUND reports have been ordered into a Galashiels woman who admitted a charge of wilful fire-raising.

Kirsty Lawrence, of Galabank Street, pleaded guilty to setting fire to paper in the stairwell of a property in Jura Drive, Tweedbank, causing damage to the flooring and paintwork.

Sheriff Peter Paterson said:"Any case of wilful fire-raising is a serious matter. "I will call for reports to see if there is an alternative to a period of imprisonment."

The 33-year-old will be sentenced at Selkirk Sheriff Court on April 11.