Bogus Met Police blog conman jailed

A fantasist who blogged about his experiences as a police officer during last summer's London riots has been jailed for five years.

Ellis Ward, 29, gained a massive following with his postings about life as a Met police inspector on the streets of London.

He musings on Twitter were followed up by several national newspapers, including the Daily Telegraph which paid him £600 for a column called On the frontline.

But Ward's charade as a police officer was not just restricted to the internet. He also posed as an Army major who had been injured in Iraq.

With an impressive array of uniforms and identity cards, the serial conman used his aliases to dupe three unsuspecting women out of thousands of pounds.

At Winchester Crown Court, Ward from Gloucestershire, was jailed for five years after admitting 18 charges of fraud.