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Builder jailed for misleading clients on rights

A builder who tricked Cumbrian householders into signing away their rights relating to work on their homes has been jailed.

Kevin Doyle
Craig McGlasson

Kevin Doyle, 36, of Dunbeth Court, Coatbridge, in North Lanarkshire, admitted five counts of fraud by misrepresentation and two of aggressive commercial practices when he appeared at Carlisle Crown Court.

The court heard the improvements, in St Bees, Wigton, Maryport and Whitehaven, would ultimately have been worth a total of £30,600.

Doyle failed to tell the unsuspecting customers of their legal cancellation rights, and when one woman who'd instructed Doyle to work on her late mother's property decided she didn't want him to continue, he told her there was no way out of the agreement.

Jailing Doyle for 14 months, Judge Andrew Jefferies QC said: "Whether your behaviour is described as feckless or malicious, it has had a huge impact on those that have had dealings with you."