The sentencing of a fraudster from Beckenham who lied about his family dying in the Grenfell Tower fire has been delayed until next year.

Anh Nhu Nguyen claimed his wife and son were killed in the disaster in June so he could claim money from relief funds.

He was even photographed with Prince Charles when he met survivors.

At a hearing in November, the 53-year-old admitted two counts of fraud by false representation and one count of making an untrue statement for the purpose of obtaining a passport.

Sentencing was adjourned until December by Judge Philip Bartle, so a pre-sentence report and a psychiatric report could be put together.

But probation services “failed” to contact Nguyen to make the report, Southward Crown Court heard on Thursday.

Judge Bartle said a psychologist had prepared a substantial 21-page report but had said it was "essential" to have access to Nguyen's medical notes before making any final conclusions.

The judge warned there cannot be any more delays.

He said: "In these circumstances the defence seek an adjournment.

"It is extremely unfortunate that this matter, having been before the court back in November, that on December 21 the defence have to make this application."

He emphasised this was "through no fault of Mr Nguyen", adding: "In my judgment, having ordered that these reports be before the court... it is appropriate, albeit unfortunate, to adjourn this hearing."

Nguyen, wearing a grey sweatshirt, listened in the dock to the judge through a Cantonese interpreter and spoke only to confirm his name during the brief hearing.

Sentencing was adjourned to February 9.