Romance fraudster Sajad Hussain, aged 45, of Swindon, has been jailed for five years and four months for conning three women out of more than £200,000.

He pleaded guilty to five counts of fraud relating to a seven-year period between 2013 and 2020.

Swindon Crown Court heard that Hussain met three women on online dating sites.

Steven Molloy, prosecuting, said married Hussain used the names Sanjay Gill and Sanjay Patel when communicating with the women, all from the West Midlands.

He contacted them using a secret Nokia phone

Mr Molloy said he showed one victim a small room in Dudley which he claimed was his rented accommodation. But in reality, he owned two properties.

Hussain falsely claimed he was a police officer, his mother had breast cancer and he needed money to pay for his father’s care, even though his father had already passed away.

The fraudster insisted to each woman that he wanted to settle down and have a family.

Each woman believed she was in a genuine relationship with him and the money he requested having been assured it would be returned.

One victim used her family’s gold jewellery to raise money while others borrowed money from their parents.