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Builder charged after digger wrecks £4m homes

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.

McArthy and Stone Buntingford 2

McArthy and Stone Buntingford 2

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.”

McArthy and Stone Buntingford 3

McArthy and Stone Buntingford 3

Readers' comments (1)

  • Why wasn't he paid in the first place. What drove him to do this. How did he get the keys/access to the Diggers to carry out the destruction? Who didn't pay him: Fentons,an agency, a payroll company. Whose gonna pay for the houses to be rebuilt. Whats the insurance situation on this matter. So many questions that need answering. This should be front page news as the issue of payment down the supply chain is far from resolved. What if the lads who losed money with Carillon or any other contractor did the same. Where would the industry and society be then.

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