A man who tricked 11 pensioners out of money has been guilty of fraud.

Patrick Cleere, 65  was convicted of conspiracy to defraud and two counts of converting criminal property after tricking elderly people into unneeded repairs on their homes.

He acted with others who await sentencing after creating  fake companies to target vulnerable residents.

Bromley Council trading standards worked with other councils and police to pursue the gang.

One victim in Penge paid more over £38,000 for basic work worth £250. The gang would claim ever increasing work was needed.

Fraud 

That wasn’t the end of their antics. The opened numerous bank accounts in false names using fake identification documents.

Detective Constable David Saffery: “These criminals ruined the lives of the vulnerable and elderly householders they preyed on.”