Rogue builder's victims say home is 'finally watertight' one year on
- Credit: Vicki Mileham
Tradespeople have rallied round to help a family make their house "watertight" - a year after they hired and were then threatened by a rogue builder they named and shamed on Facebook.
Since November 2019, Vicki Mileham, 51, and her 14-year-old daughters, Ruby and Ellie, have been living in "chaos".
Despite Ms Mileham transferring nearly £80,000 to Kyle Muir and Reece Lloyd for an extension at their Belton home, they were left with work which had to be demolished.
Muir was sentenced on January 19 to 12 months in prison for harassing Ms Mileham and her partner, Ash Paniri, as well as assaulting his ex-girlfriend and threatening police.
Ms Mileham said: "Given the trail of destruction he's left behind, I'm not at all reassured by the sentence or restraining order. He's clearly got no respect for that kind of thing.
"I'm already starting to feel jittery knowing he'll be out in under a year. It's a good thing we've still got CCTV."
But moving forward, the Mileham family feel positive.
"Even if the place looks horrible, at least it's finally watertight", Ms Mileham said.
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"Thanks to everyone's amazing generosity my house is becoming functional again.
"We've had neighbours give up their time to do the bricklaying, a plasterer who gave us a solid two days free of charge.
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"A few builders in the village - Marcus Daldry, Darien Hutchinson and Brandon Symonds - did work for nothing.
"Simon Storey, who owns SJS roofing company in Belton, gave us tiles as a Christmas present.
"He said he wanted to show everyone that not all builders were clowns, which of course we already knew.
"It's the only thing keeping us going right now, as the debt means I can't afford to save. I'm working six days a week to pay off this mortgage."
She said the main things left to do were install the windows and fit a kitchen, because "one year without one was long enough".
Another plus is that the new-found love between Ms Mileham and Mr Paniri is still going strong.
Though living in Hemsby, Mr Paniri responded to the cry for help neighbours posted on Facebook back in March and began visiting Ms Mileham regularly to help with whatever he could round the house.