Former Uriah Heep frontman John Lawton has pleaded guilty to benefit fraud after falling on "hard times".

Lawton, who was also in German band LUCIFER'S FRIEND, and his wife were found to have personal savings of $90,000 (GBP50,000) and ordered to pay back $1,890 (GBP1052) to the local council in St Albans, England.

The singer and his wife were also fined $1,800 (GBP1,000) each and ordered to pay $900 (GBP500) costs.