A conman from Birmingham has been jailed for four years for a 'campaign of intimidation' against a 91-year-old dementia sufferer.
Figures from the Alzheimer's Society show in some parts of the Midlands, just 1 in 3 people with dementia are being diagnosed.
A Hollywood star is set to open a new specialist dementia care home in Worcestershire today.
Dementia affects around 56,000 people across the East Midlands - it is a condition that can have a profound impact on those with the disease and their loved ones.
Today the Alzheimer's Society held a roadshow in Nottingham and the actress Vicky McClure joined them to help raise awareness of the condition.
Research by the Alzheimer's Society shows that 750,000 people in the UK have a form of Dementia and that more than half of those suffer with Alzheimer's disease.
Stats from 'Mapping the Dementia Gap' show thousands in Nottingham will be affected by the illness.
Number of people currently living with dementia / expected to have dementia by 2021:
- Nottingham City: 2,631 / 2,874
- Nottinghamshire: 8,625 / 11,768
In just fifteen years, it is projected that over a million people will be living with Dementia nationwide, with this figure set to soar to 1.7million by 2051.
Detective Constable Mark Delaney from West Midlands Police has welcomed today's four year jail term handed down to conman Robert Johnson, 43, from Birmingham.
He preyed on a vulnerable 91-year-old grandmother from Chelmsley Wood, forcing her to hand over hundreds of pounds for housework he never completed.
A conman who preyed on the vulnerable and elderly is tonight behind bars.
Robert Johnson led a campaign of intimidation against a 91 year old woman from Chelmsley Wood in Birmingham who has Alzheimer's disease - forcing her to hand over hundreds of pounds for work at her home he never completed.
He admited his crimes after he was shown CCTV footage of himself at the property doing nothing
Watch Chris Halpin's full report above.
A man who conned a 90-year-old dementia sufferer out of hundreds of pounds by charging for work on her house he never completed has been jailed.
Robert Johnson from Shirestone Road, Birmingham targeted the lady after learning of her illness. He demanded money for fictitious jobs, using her failing memory to his advantage.
Solihull Police launched an investigation in February after the elderly lady's carer found discovered Johnson had let himself into the house asking the pensioner for £200.
Johnson admitted three counts of burglary and another of fraud by false representation. He was jailed for four years at Birmingham Crown Court on May 13th.
A rogue trader has been jailed for four years for swindlng an elderly woman with dementia out of hundreds of pounds for odd jobs at her home that he never completed.
43 year old Robert Johnson was caught by police on CCTV operating in Chemsley Wood in Solihull.
His victim was 91 year old Joan Smith who had dementia and arthritis. Chris Halpin has been in court.
The son of a 91-year-old woman who became the victim of a rogue trader, says his mother was targeted because of her dementia.
Gary Smith, the son of Joan Smith, said Robert Johnson kept returning to the house for more money.
A man who preyed on a 91-year-old woman living with dementia, has today been sentenced to four years in prison.
Robert Johnson, 43, pleaded guilty to three counts of burglary.
Johnson, who will have to serve at least half of his sentence, was found guilty of one count of fraud by false representation, and three counts of burglary.
He was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court.
A rogue trader who swindled £700 from a 90-year-old woman suffering from dementia will today be sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court.
Robert Johnson, who pleaded guilty to three counts of burglary and fraud, repeatedly went to the home of Joan Smith in Chelmsley Wood, where he claimed he was carrying out odd jobs.
He was later caught out by covert surveillance cameras rigged by West Midlands Police.