A WOMAN is facing trial accused of locking a five-year-old in a house alone for hours - forcing the toddler to batter the front door with a hammer.

Charline Woods denies willfully neglecting, abandoning and exposing the youngster to danger.

Prosecutors claim Woods, 35, locked the child in her flat in Underwood Road, Paisley, and left her unattended. Court papers allege the child was alarmed, and the youngster was left with access to a hammer which she used to strike the front door.

The case against Woods called at Paisley Sheriff Court this week, and a plea of not guilty was entered on her behalf. The alleged incident is said to have taken place on July 28.

Sheriff Moira MacKenzie adjourned the case until February for a trial to take place.