King's Lynn couple hang 'cowboy builder' sign on house

  • 13 December 2012
  • From the section Norfolk
Media captionFran Ikin said the sign would not be removed unless she received a refund

A couple who put a banner on their home claiming a man is a "cowboy builder" say they wanted to warn others.

The sign on Fran Ikin and Peter Mortin's house is on one of the main routes in to King's Lynn in Norfolk and states "Dean Watts Cowboy Builder?"

Ms Ikin claims Mr Watts left work unfinished after being paid £7,000 and "needs to be exposed".

Mr Watts said he left the job because the "goalposts kept moving" and he had instructed his solicitor over the sign.

The couple claim building regulations were not followed when two bedrooms were knocked into one and the foundations of a conservatory were not completed.

They also said Mr Watts fitted a new wood burner incorrectly.

Trading Standards said it had received a complaint about Mr Watts from the couple.

Ms Ikin said: "We know we've lost a lot of money, we know we won't get it back. But we've exposed him and hopefully will help other people".

Mr Watts said he did not wish to debate the issue through the media.

Another builder has since been brought in to complete the work.

Ms Ikin said the banner would not come down until they received a refund from Mr Watts.