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Conman who fleeced Flintshire couple out of £20,000 is jailed

A CALLOUS conman who duped an elderly Flintshire couple out of £20,000 has been jailed for eight years.

Michael Mawdsley was sent down this week for stealing almost £1.6m from vulnerable pensioners across North Wales, Chester and Merseyside.

Among his many victims were Jean and Ron Young of Burntwood, Buckley, who had to borrow money to move into their new home after being fleeced out of their hard- earned savings.

Mawdsley targeted the couple after meeting Mr Young through Vauxhall in Ellesmere Port, where he worked until retiring in 1993.

During a two-year period from 2000-2002 he scammed about £20,000 from Mr Young and his wife, who has been in a wheelchair since a stroke in 1985.

Detective Constable Gil Wilton of Cheshire Constabulary said the couple gave Mawdsley, described by the judge as a ‘Nigel Havers-style charmer’, more than £30,000 to invest into non-existent financial projects.

They only got about £11,00 back.

DC Wilton said: “These people have worked hard all their lives and should have been reaping the benefits. They struggled to buy a house and had to borrow money from their family.

“They wanted to move to a bungalow because of Jean’s condition to be closer to their family. The fact that Jean was in a wheelchair had no bearing on his actions.

“He was callous.”