A Selkirk accountant has admitted to being involved in a fraudulent scheme involving almost £50,000 of public money at the town's sheriff court.

Forty two year old William Ian Main pleaded guilty to making fraudulent applications and claims to government agency Skills Development Scotland.

The total sum he obtained by fraud amounted to £47,215.

The offence was committed at his business premises of Stark Main & Co Ltd in Dunsdale Road, Selkirk, between March 2013 and April 2015.

Sentence was deferred on Main of Priory Park, Selkirk, until December 5 for the production of background reports.