A COUPLE were left fuming after a garden wall at their new home was knocked down – before they even had chance to move in.
The house, in Rothbury, Ryhope, has just been bought by Elizabeth Mather, 25, and Lee Dormand, 32.
It is still uncertain as to who exactly carried out the demolition job on the couple’s wall.
Utility firm Fastflow were carrying out maintenance work at the property, but bosses at the firm say they have not been told by any of their workers that they knocked it down.
Ms Mather, who is currently four months pregnant, said: “We went to view the property and decided we wanted it.
“Then I went to pick up the keys on the day we moved in, the wall was in bits.
“One of the neighbours said some people had been around to re-point it, but then said it was unsafe so had to knock it down.
“We still don’t know who it is. We haven’t got any money to build a wall.
“I’m off on the sick at the moment, so it has made things worse.”
Business standards director at Fastflow, Keith Gold, has met with Ms Mather and Mr Dormand and agreed that the company will pay for builders to come and repair the wall.
Mr Gold said: “Although there still remains some doubt about the cause of the damage, we are more than happy to assist Elizabeth and Lee by repairing the front garden wall.
“We will arrange for bricklayers to attend over the next couple of weeks.”
Ms Mather spoke of her and her partner’s relief that Fastflow have agreed to rebuild the wall.
“It’s something we couldn’t have afford to get done ourselves,” added Ms Mather, who works as a support worker for autistic children.
“But the front of the house looks horrible.”