A Leyland man has been convicted of receiving more than £16,000 in falsely claimed benefits.

David Drake, 56, of Welsby Road, Leyland, was found guilty of two offences by Preston Magistrates’ Court.

Drake failed to tell South Ribble Borough Council that he owned a second property and falsely claimed council tax benefit of nearly £3,500.

He also claimed nearly £13,000 in pension credit from the Department of Work and Pensions, to which he was not entitled.

The court sentenced him to a 10-week community curfew order between the hours of 8pm and 6am and ordered him to be electronically tagged.

He was also ordered to pay £300 in costs, as well as repaying all of the fraudulently claimed money.