A builder has been accused of partially destroying five recently built McCarthy & Stone houses worth £4m in Hertfordshire.
Daniel Neagu has been charged with causing criminal damage after the five properties in Buntingford were destroyed on Saturday evening.
Mr Neagu, who appeared in Hatfield Magistrates’ Court on Monday, is accused of running a digger through the properties, according to the Hertfordshire Mercury.
The properties, which are understood to be worth £800,000 each, had recently been completed by builder McCarthy & Stone ahead of residents moving in over the coming weeks.
McCarthy & Stone told Construction News that Mr Neagu was employed by subcontractor Fenton Construction.
Fenton has told CN that Mr Neagu was a former employee and no longer worked for the company.
Mr Neagu, a Romanian national living in Harrow, was arrested at the scene by officers and appeared in Hatfield Magistrates’ Court via videolink.
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A McCarthy & Stone spokeswoman said: “Following an incident at our Buntingford site on Saturday, our response team has been on site and we can confirm that five newly built bungalows have been damaged.
“We are now awaiting a structural engineer’s report, so we can plan the work required to repair or rebuild these properties.
“The five properties were all unoccupied at the time, with homeowners set to move in in the coming weeks.
“We are absolutely devastated for the purchasers affected, and our priority is to continue to stay in close contact with them and their families, and to ensure that any disruption is kept to a minimum.”
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