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'Our family life has suffered and we're in debt over this'

Richard Parry and his family paid £17,000 deposit for an extension on their Merthyr Tydfil home - but botched brickwork and a flimsy tarpaulin roof were all they had to show for their money.

Today rogue trader Mark Jenkins - described as 'a complete cowboy' - was jailed for five years for defrauding customers across South Wales, Bristol and Somerset.

The Parry family were among dozens of homeowners left with shoddy or unfinished work. Credit: Richard Parry

We've just been in a terrible situation since he's done these things to us.

Our marriage has been awful, our relationship with the children has suffered. We've had to borrow money... we've got into debt over this.

It's just been a terrible time.

– Richard Parry
Richard Parry says the family have been left 'in a terrible situation' by Mark Jenkins. Credit: Richard Parry

Tears in court over impact of rogue trader's actions

Victims of rogue builder Mark Jenkins, many of whom who attended court, wept as personal impact statements were read.

One Merthyr Tydfil customer, who shelled out thousands of pounds for an extension, said the fraud had brought his marriage 'to the brink of collapse'.

"We are now living with a constant reminder of his deceit and our gullibility," the victim said.

"He will have a lasting effect upon our family and we will suffer financially for 10 years."

One Cardiff man paid Jenkins an £18,500 deposit to build an annexe at his home for his terminally ill grandmother.

"As my grandmother's health deteriorated I had to constantly say the work was continuing and she knew she was near the end and wanted to spend her final days and weeks at home as she did not want to be in hospital," he said.

"She died in hospital and her final words were 'When can I come home?"'

Police: Rogue trader 'dashed dreams of homeowners'

Police said the five-year prison sentence for a rogue trader, described as a 'complete cowboy', reflects the seriousness of his crime.

We were extremely pleased to get a successful conviction following a nine-month investigation, in which we worked alongside Wales Scambusters and South West Scambusters to build a successful case against a man who has caused tremendous distress and disappointment to his many victims.

The victims had their dreams and expectations of seeing their homes improved dashed by the callous actions of a ruthless fraudster, who has been found out.

This was a highly successful example of team work at its best, by those involved against a rogue trader.


'Complete cowboy' builder jailed for five years

A total of 42 homeowners across South Wales, Bristol and Somerset fell victim to Mark Jenkins. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

A builder described as a 'complete cowboy' has been jailed for five years after defrauding families in Wales out of thousands of pounds.

Mark Jenkins, 45, used a number of aliases to target customers in Cardiff and Merthyr Tydfil, plus others in Clevedon, Weston-super-Mare and Bristol, over more than two years.

Jenkins overcharged his victims, demanded large sums upfront as deposits and regularly failed to complete work.

He had previously served a prison sentence for an earlier rogue builder fraud and was declared bankrupt - but changed his name to avoid notoriety.


Oldest woman in Wales dies aged 109

Nellie Robinson, who had lived in Wales for most of her life, has died at the age of 109. Credit: Wales News Service

The oldest woman in Wales has died in hospital following a short illness.

Nellie Robinson, who was 109 years old, was born in Yorkshire but had lived in North Wales for most of her life.

Born in January 1905, Mrs Robinson began work at just 13 years old, sewing buttons onto First World War soldiers' uniforms.

She was living at the Hafod Mawddach care home in Barmouth in her final days, passing away at Ysbyty Gwynedd.

Her grandson Lee Knight said Mrs Robinson, a widow, was a "typically forthright" Yorkshirewoman who would be well-remembered in Meirionnydd.

Care home manager Sandra Campbell said: "Mrs Robinson lived here for about a year and we're all very sad at her passing.

"It was an honour and a privilege to have met Mrs Robinson. She was a caring and thoughtful lady."

The longest living person in Wales is now Gwenllian Davies of Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, who is aged 109 and 19 days.

Police: Death of vulnerable musician 'tragic'

The death of a vulnerable musician at the hands of a heroin addict seeking money for drugs has been described by police as "particularly tragic".

This was a particularly tragic incident which left people feeling extremely shocked and saddened. David was a vulnerable adult who died in unimaginable circumstances. He was very much loved by his family.

We are truly grateful to all those who came forward with information to assist our investigation and hope that todays verdict reassures members of the public, not only in Cardiff, but across South Wales that anyone who preys on the vulnerability of others will be brought to justice.

– DCI Kath Pritchard, South Wales Police
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Coroner: 'Insufficient evidence' to say how Nida died

Nida Naseer went missing from her Newport home on the evening of Saturday 28th December Credit: Family / Gwent Police

A coroner has returned an open verdict into the death of Newport teenager Nida Naseer.

The 18-year-old's body was found on the foreshore of the Gwent Wetlands in March, nearly three months after she disappeared from her home in Pill.

Her father told the court her disappearance in December last year was a mystery.

Coroner David Bowen said there was insufficient evidence for him to reach a conclusion as to how she died.

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