A Spare Room fraudster who conned south Londoners out of more than £10,000 has been jailed for six years - but he's still on the loose.

James Bennett, of no fixed abode, obtained the cash from prospective tenants for flats he had no right to let.

The 32-year-old was found guilty of 17 counts of fraud and sentenced to three years in prison on each count of fraud at Inner London Crown Court on December 15.

Now police have issued a warrant for his arrest.

Bennett made several listings on Spareroom.com and advertised rooms for rent at several properties in Brixton, Walworth, Elephant and Castle and Tooting between late 2015 and December 2016.

He took up to £725 each from each of the people who were desperate for accommodation, getting more than £10,000 in total.

One person was forced to spend Christmas in a hostel, while another was made homeless.

He was initially arrested in November 2016 and denied the offences, but later confessed in a police interview when confronted with fresh evidence in May.

Bennett is described as a very tall white male with ginger hair, standing at 6ft 7in, with a ‘very posh’ southern English accent.

He is known to have connections with south-east London, Winchester, Plymouth and Bedford areas.

Anyone with information is asked to contact DS Adam Clifton at Southwark CID on 07747 765 719, or via Twitter @MetCC.

You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.