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Conman jailed after taking £21,700 from 80-year-old Beckenham man

PUBLISHED: 14:37 18 December 2015 | UPDATED: 14:37 18 December 2015

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He has been jailed for three years

A rogue trader, who is “well known” to Bromley Trading Standards has been jailed for three years after conning an 80-year-old Beckenham resident out of £21,700.

Phillip Webb, 58, from Edward Vinson Drive, Faversham, pleaded guilty to fraud by misrepresentation at Croydon Crown Court after convincing the pensioner he needed essential work on his guttering.

Following the work, further work was carried out without the victim’s permission, and he was subsequently charged £21,700.

Trading Standards valued the work done at £500.

Webb has been issued a five-year Criminal Behaviour Order banning him from cold-calling anywhere in England and Wales.

In 2012 Webb was jailed for eight weeks and was given a two-year Asbo banning him from trading in the borough for a similar offence.

Trading Standards were alerted by a concerned neighbour. When officers were visiting Webb turned up, but ran off when he saw them.

He was later arrested by a police on a separate matter and presented for questioning.

The judge sentencing said the offences: “Were serious and preying on elderly people rightly draws public disgust and outrage. The impact on the victim was substantial”

Executive member for public protection and safety, Kate Lymer said: “This individual has quite rightly been given a lengthy prison sentence for despicably preying on people in the borough with a tissue of lies because he thought they could not stand up to him.

“My thanks go to the neighbour who reported this matter which otherwise may have gone undetected”.

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