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of that ever oc­cur­ring. You were mak­ing false rep­re­sen­ta­tions, lies for want of a bet­ter word, about build­ing reg­u­la­tions, about firms let­ting you down.”

A spokesper­son for North Ty­ne­side Coun­cil said: “This builder caused mis­ery for many of our res­i­dents, so we were de­ter­mined to get jus­tice for his vic­tims and bring this case to court.

“The sen­tence re­flects the sever­ity of the of­fences he com­mit­ted and the im­pact on his vic­tims.

“We would urge any­one who be­lieves they, or some­one they know, has fallen vic­tim to a fraud­u­lent busi­ness to con­tact the Cit­i­zens Ad­vice Con­sumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06.”

Paula said the Sun­day Sun played its part in bring­ing Bell to jus­tice.

She said: “I am pleased I went to the pa­pers be­cause I don’t think it would have got as far as it did.” Paula and Michael Cryan, who were conned by a rogue builder con­tracted to build an ex­ten­sion on the home for their dis­abled son Taylor, 11. Above left, the Cryans with youngest son Ri­ley, 4

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