A former X Factor contestant from Tower Hamlets has been jailed after an eight-man gang conned pensioners out of £1million.

Nathan Fagan-Gayle, 29, was sentenced to 20 months in prison for his part in a scam that carried out 140 frauds and attempted frauds.

Members of the group posed as police officers to gain the trust of their victims before persuading them to hand over cash to the couriers.

Fagan-Gayle was jailed for laundering £20,000 from a 73-year-old woman and reportedly used the cash to record a new album in America.

He appeared on X Factor in 2012, receiving four yeses at his audition before being ditched by Nicole Scherzinger at the judges' houses stage.

Head of the Met’s counter terrorism command Dean Haydon said: “I’m pleased with the sentences handed down to the group today.

“They callously and systematically defrauded elderly people of their life-savings. Had we not arrested them and put them before the courts, the group may have gone on to defraud many more victims across the UK.”

Also jailed was 21-year-old Stepney resident Fahim Islam, of Monthorpe Road, who was handed a term of five years and three months.

Stepney's Fahim Islam was jailed for five years and three months

The other gang members jailed were Achmed Abdulaziz Ahmed, Anrul Islam, Makzhumi Abukar, Mohamed Dahir, Sakaria Aden and Yasser Abukar.

The eight men were sentenced to a combined total of 34 years.

A ninth man, Warsame Sheik, is due to be sentenced at the Old Bailey on Friday, May 27 after he pleaded guilty to money laundering at an earlier hearing.