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A PENSIONER claimed almost £25,000 in benefits despite working at a holiday village.

Anthony Adams, 66, from Windmill Court, East Wittering, claimed pension credit, housing benefit and council tax benefit from Chichester District Council.

But he was rumbled through an anonymous tip-off and pleaded to three charges of dishonestly failing to notify the council and the Department for Work and Pensions that he was receiving income from work.

At Worthing Magistrates Court, Adams was sentenced to 10 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, with a two-month curfew order from 9pm to 6am.

Adams was overpaid £12,757.68 in pension credit, £9,336.17 in housing benefit and £2,077.66 in council tax benefit between January 2010 and March 2013.

The council and the DWP are seeking to recover the money.

Councillor Tony Dignum said: ‘This conviction sends a clear message that there is no hiding place for benefit cheats who rip off our honest taxpayers.

‘We will always take action when we can prove that claimants have deliberately broken the law.’