Former pop star PJ Proby is due to go on trial in Worcestershire charged with cheating the benefits system out of more than £47,000.

Proby, who lives in Twyford, near Evesham, faces a total of nine charges relating to claims for pension credit, housing benefit and council tax benefit.

Among the charges against the 1960s pop star are two counts of cheating the public revenue and four of failing to inform the authorities of a change in circumstances.

The 73-year-old, whose real name is James Marcus Smith, denies all the charges and will be tried by a jury at Worcester Crown Court.

It is expected that the trial, presided over by Judge John Cavell, may last for up to three weeks.