(EXPRESS) — A cowboy builder who used a string of “disgraceful ploys” including urinating in lofts and putting dead birds into roofs to con vulnerable pensioners into paying for unnecessary home repairs has been jailed for four years.

Donovan Morley-Clough, 22, fleeced dementia sufferers and other elderly people out of tens of thousands of pounds by lying that he was a Christian who worked with the Age UK charity.

The building college drop-out targeted confused men and women aged in their 70s and 80s, cold-calling at their homes and convincing them they needed house repairs.

His victims included two dementia sufferers who have died since being conned by the crook.

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