TWO Barnsley conmen are behind bars for fleecing a Sheffield pensioner of £56,000 over a six-year period.

Bogus builders Dean Greenhoff, 42, of Huddersfield Road and Daniel Firth, 30, of Farm Road, Kendray, used 84-year-old Geoffrey Plumb by convincing him to invest in a savings plan with the promise of a £90,000 return for a modest investment.

They also got him to invest in a bogus payment plan to cover repairs to his home - which were never carried out - and when he ran out of money they persuaded the OAP to take out loans so they could steal even more of his cash.

They used the money to fund their heroin and drink habits.

By March 2012, Mr Plumb's account was £2,500 overdrawn and when a relative examined paperwork, she then called the police.

Officers discovered a total of £56,728 had been withdrawn from Mr Plumb’s account - of which £40,408 was taken fraudulently.

Greenhoff and Firth pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal and Greenhoff was jailed for five-and-a-half years while Firth was given three years.