A £500,000 home has been destroyed after an angry builder smashed up the work he had completed in a row over pay.
Shocked residents in Stoneygate, Leicester, were left in disbelief when the newly-renovated four-bedroom property on their street was reduced to rubble overnight.
Number 26 Guilford Road, bought by owner Jay Kurji, 40, last April for £475,000, is currently valued at more than half a million pounds.
Mr Kurji hired a builder to carry out renovations, including a two-storey extension and enlarged kitchen diner, to the detached property in February this year.
But a row ensued after Mr Kurji refused to pay the builder an additional £3,500.
Last Tuesday (1 June) the builder was seen destroying the work he had done to the property while Mr Kurji was on holiday with his family 200 miles away.
‘It’s a nightmare’
Mr Kurji, a Solutions Architect for an IT firm, said: "It's a nightmare, unfortunately I picked the worst builder in Britain.
"I bought the house last year and employed a builder to start work in February.
"We wanted lots of work doing so it could be our family home for six of us.
"The work included a two-storey extension, a new roof, wiring and we wanted it to be more environmentally-friendly."
Mr Kurji said the builder took revenge when he refused to cough up extra money.
He added: "I was on holiday 200 miles away when all the scaffolding was taken down and the house damaged.
"When I called police they told me they couldn't do anything because it's a dispute so not a criminal care.
"I've emailed Trading Standards but I'm still away so it's difficult to sort it all out."
Roof was completely ‘ripped off’
Neighbours living in the street said they "watched in disbelief" as the builders demolished much of the house with a digger.
One said: "There was scaffolding on the house and when it was taken down I did think the work might be done already and the owners might be moving in.
"I was stunned when I walked past the house last week and saw that the roof had been ripped off and the new extension was just a hole in the front of the house.
"I feel badly for the owners, they must be absolutely gutted."