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Beauty queen in court over 'fraud'

A former Miss Britain competitor who denies claiming more than £22,000 in benefits as a single parent has appeared in court.

Rachel Hatton, 28, of Foxfield Way, Grange Park, Northampton, denied two charges of fraud and two of false representation while allegedly living with her then-partner Nathaniel Simon at the hearing at Northampton Crown Court.

The charges relate to her allegedly falsely claiming housing benefit, council tax, income support and legal aid.

Standing beside her in the dock her then landlord Simon, 36, also of Foxfield Way, was charged with providing false information on a tenancy agreement and failing to disclose information.

Simon, wearing a black suit and pink shirt, pleaded not guilty to both charges.

Hatton hit the headlines in 2010 after becoming the first single parent/divorcee to be allowed to enter the Miss Great Britain competition.

The mother of one won the regional title of Miss Warwickshire before going on to the finals of the contest.

The case was adjourned for trial at Northampton Crown Court at a date to be fixed.

Both were granted bail.

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