Date set for trial of north-east mother who posed as police officer

An Aberdeenshire mum will go on trial later this year accused of defrauding pensioners and taxpayers of more than £125,000.

Cheryl Mitchell is said to have posed as a police officer, council worker and saleswoman to trick more than 20 pensioners out of almost £60,000 between July and November last year.

The 34-year-old will face a total of 27 charges which also include using money obtained to pay for holidays to Abu Dhabi and Bulgaria.

She is also accused of claiming more than £69,000 in benefits she was not entitled to between September 2013 and February 2015.

She denies all the charges against her.

Her trial will begin at Aberdeen High Court on June 19.