A COWBOY builder from Barnsley has been sent to jail for five years for ripping off customers for around £170,000.

Wayne Smith, 47, of Doncaster Road, had previously featured on the TV show 'Cowboy Builders'.

Sheffield Crown Court heard how Smith was the ‘controlling mind’ behind two construction firms, Build4 and Constellation Construction, despite being banned from working as a company director after previously going bankrupt.

The court heard how he ripped off 14 customers - in some case for as much as £30,000 - by taking deposits for work he never carried out or by being paid for work he started but did not complete.

Smith was sentenced to five years in prison, and banned for 12 years from being a company director.