Gavin Henderson had been commuting for almost a year from Newcastle – longing to move into his new house down south.

But when he and wife Susan arrived at their new £440,000 Taylor Wimpey home in Padworth two months ago they began to discover a catalogue of 160 alarming faults.

Early shocks when they arrived on October 13 included a gas pipe not capped off, electrical points without covers, a dishwasher not plumbed in, a fridge not delivered and the whole house needing cleaning before the furniture could be moved in.

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