A GALASHIELS woman has been accused of claiming more than £17,000 in benefits she was not entitled to.

Claire Swatton is charged with receiving £16,673.60 in Income Support between January 2012 and June 2016 at her Beech Avenue home.

The 31-year-old is also said to have received £681.84 in housing benefit during a four month period in 2013 she was not entitled to.

Swatton pleaded not guilty and a trial was fixed for Selkirk Sheriff Court on April 9 with an intermediate hearing on March 26.