YOB THE BUILDER Furious builder laughs as he demolishes five empty bungalows worth £2.5million over a pay grudge

The man, 31, used two diggers to trash the houses, which may now need pulling down, weeks before families were due to move in

13 August 2018 - 09:27

A £2.5MILLION row of new homes lies in ruins — wrecked by a builder with a pay grudge.

The man, 31, laughed and took snaps as he demolished five empty bungalows with two diggers.

When residents confronted him fearing their pads were next, he said he was targeting only those he worked on and was owed money for.

Some of the houses, weeks away from being occupied, may now need pulling down.

Elaine Francois, 61, who called cops, said: “It looks like an earthquake or bomb struck.

“He was laughing and taking photos of the damage. When police got here he told them he wasn’t paid and that’s why he did it. He was totally calm.”

 Police arrived on the scene to destruction caused by the two diggers
Nick Obank
Police arrived on the scene to destruction caused by the two diggers
 The builder from North London claimed he was owed money for the construction of the bungalows
Nick Obank
The builder from North London claimed he was owed money for the construction of the bungalows

Neighbour and ex-builder William Griffiths, 67, who challenged his afternoon rampage, said: “He said he wasn’t dangerous but hadn’t been paid.

“He got out of the digger and I thought, ‘Great, he’s stopped’. But he got back to carry on. He seemed happy.

“When police took him away in cuffs he caused no trouble.”

Patricia King, 60, said: “He’s destroyed the lives of people who were going to move in.”

 There are fears the bungalows could be torn down and rebuilt from scratch
Nick Obank
There are fears the bungalows could be torn down and rebuilt from scratch
 The repair bill for the five homes could top £500,000
Nick Obank
The repair bill for the five homes could top £500,000

Brickie Jeffrey Keys, 53, who worked on some of the homes in Buntingford, Herts, went to see the damage.

He raged: “We were meant be returning on Monday but now don’t know what we’re doing for work. I’m angry.”

Prices for the homes started from £435,000. The repair bill for the lot could top £500,000.

Cops said a man, 31, of Harrow, North West London, was held on suspicion of criminal damage. They tweeted: “Potentially a disgruntled worker.”

 His car parked outside the site
Nick Obank
His car parked outside the site

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