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Nail snag prompts £50k law suit

A LEADING Liverpool lawyer is suing a house builder after claiming the gas to his luxury flat was cut off because of botched building work.

Robin Makin, who gained prominence after representing Moors murderer Ian Brady in the killer's failed attempt to starve himself to death, said a gas leak at his second home - a £550,000 flat in London's upmarket Hampstead district - was caused by a protruding nail puncturing a gas pipe underneath the floorboards.

The writ, filed at the Technology & Construction Court in London, claims Mr Makin has still not had the gas reconnected despite the leak being first discovered last April.

Mr Makin is chasing up to £50,000 in damages and the cost of repairs from Rialto Homes and freeholder Westfield Holdings.