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Cowboy Builder Damaged Homes Then Offered To Repair Them!!

A Cowboy builder was locked up for four years after damaging 23 homes - then offering to fix them.

The builder from Bedfordshire secretly damaging 23 homes and then offered  to act as Mr Fixit. Working at night, Gumble targeted 23 homes in Hertfo­rd­shire and Bedfordshire and caused damage worth tens of thousands of pounds.

The builder Ned Gumble knocked down garden walls, ripped off roof tiles and smashed sheds during his wrecking sprees.

He even destroyed driveways by throwing tins of paint over them, the court was told. As he toured the damaged houses, he found a string of other "faults" which needed to be put right.

Elderly victims later found the wrecker on their doorstep offering to straighten out the mess.

The conman became a target of Operation Manhunt which investigates crimes against the elderly after complaints about shoddy and dangerous workmanship.

Gumble, 42, of Clophill, Bedford­shire, admitted 23 counts of fraud.

Detective Sergeant Jonathan Leak, of Hertfo­rd­shire Police, said: "Gumble deliberately targeted some of the most vulnerable members of society, preying on their trusting nature to convince them into paying for unnecessary work. I am pleased that he has been handed a substantial sentence for his deplorable behaviour.

"I hope this sends a warning to others that Operation Manhunt will leave no stone unturned to identify these types of criminals and ensure they are taken off the streets."

Article taken from the Daily Express


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