Builder denies using digger to wreck Hertfordshire homes

Four million pounds worth of damage was done to the homes. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A builder has denied using a digger to cause millions of pounds worth of damage to five houses in Hertfordshire.

The newly-built retirement homes were wrecked in Buntingford last month, with entire walls torn out and around £4m worth of damage done.

Daniel Neagu, 30, from Harrow in London, has today (September 10) pleaded not guilty to criminal damage at St Albans Crown Court.

He was remanded in custody and is due to go on trial in February.

The houses were ready to be moved into. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

The five houses in Ermine Street belonged to McCarthy & Stone Retirement Living.

Neagu was not employed directly by the firm and was instead working for subcontractor Fenton, a McCarthy & Stone spokeswoman said.