A row of new homes now lie in ruin after an angry builder has reportedly attacked the 5 bungalows with diggers.
Worth £2.5 million, the homes are now left barely standing, surrounded by rubble. Apparently, the builder, in his early thirties, could be found laughing when he demolished the site, taking pictures and enjoying the moment. Worried homeowners, therefore, went out to confront the builder, scared for the safety of their homes.
However, the builder stated that he was only targetting the ones he worked on. And, was also owed money for.
But, the destruction caused has now resulted in many homeowners also losing out with some of these homes set to be moved into in just a few weeks. Now though, they may have to be completely torn down.
According to resident Elaine Francois, she told The Sun, “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.”
William Griffiths, another neighbour and fellow builder himself added: “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.”
The builder in question though has reportedly now been charged with causing criminal damage.
A drastic action to take after not being paid, there is, of course, a certain amount of frustration that comes along with not being paid. Worrying about your finances and struggling to provide for your family, not being paid can be truly daunting. In fact, research has found that almost 50% of self-employed workers are owed up to £60,000 by clients! And this needs to end. Take a look at more of the statistics in this report here.
This isn’t the first time a disgruntled tradesman has destroyed his work over a lack of payment either. In fact, just last year, a decorator destroyed his work after being left out of pocket by a customer. Take a look at his story here. Not only that, but another builder also barricaded himself over non-payment too. Read all about this here.
So what do you think of these stories? Do things need to change within the industry? And does more need to be done to tackle non-payment? Let us know what you think in the comments below.