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Two men have been jailed after swindling two pensioners with advanced dementia out of almost £80,000.
Steven Wood and Ryan Lowe, members of the travelling community, told vulnerable elderly people in North Yorkshire that vital repairs were needed on their homes and gardens.
Trading standards officers found that the work was unnecessary - and that it had not actually been carried out.
Rachel Bullock was at today's sentencing.
Watch her full report below.
Two men from the travelling community have been sentenced to years in jail, after swindling two North Yorkshire pensioners out of thousands of pounds.
Teesside Crown Court heard the work they charged for was either botched or simply not carried out.
Both men admitted fraud.
Steven Wood was jailed for 4 and a half years. Ryan Lowe was given a 3 year sentence.
Two men from the travelling community have been jailed after admitting trying to defraud two pensioners out of nearly 80 thousand pounds.
Steven Wood and Ryan Lowe told elderly victims in North Yorkshire that they needed repairs to be done on their homes and gardens.
No significant work was ever carried out - yet the pair took thousands in payment from the victims.
An 87-year-old man paid the men over £72,000 and another 84-year-old woman gave £6000 to them. Both victims suffered from severe dementia.
Wood was jailed for 4 and a half years and Lowe was given a three year sentence.