A MAN who left a cyclist dying on a Hampshire road has seen his prison sentence extended after conning two pensioners.

Noah Chapman, 24, hit 70-year-old cyclist Richard White while driving his van on the A338 near Fordingbridge. Mr White was rushed to hospital with serious injuries, but later died in hospital. 

Despite trying to cover his tracks, police were able to find him and in December he was jailed for three years for causing death by careless driving and perverting the course of justice.

Chapman received a 12-month sentence at Bournemouth Crown Court after the court heard how on March 17, 2016, e visited hthe home of a couple in their 80s in the Poole area pretending to work for the council and left a flyer with his mobile number.

Returning the next day with another man, he cut down a tree at the back of their home belonging to the local authority.

He then told the victims he would cut down some other branches and charged them £1,000 in cash.

When another man called 'Mo' visited the couple three days after that saying he was there to take a branch down, the victims refused to let him do the work and said they would report him if he did not leave.

The Borough of Poole Council later confirmed one of their trees had been felled illegally in the area and the work had been done without any safety assessments, the court was told.

Chapman also targeted a second victim in the Poole area, an 82-year-old woman.

He visited her home on March 29, 2016, with another man and gave her an estimate for gardening work.

Refusing payment by cheque, they drove the victim to a cashpoint in their van and she withdrew £500 for them. The men then left and never returned.

Chapman admitted two charges of fraud by false representation, two offences of fraud by failing to disclose information and criminal damage.

Police Constable Claire Dinsdale, of Dorset Police, said: “These were despicable crimes against elderly victims.

“Rogue traders such as Chapman specifically target the older generation, who on occasions can be talked into accepting works at their properties.

“I want to thank the victims and their families for assisting with us with this investigation.

“I would also ask the public to call police with any concerns regarding elderly or vulnerable neighbours who they think are being targeted by rogue traders."

Chapman's 12-month sentence will be served consecutively to his three-year jail term.