Ceiling collapses onto eight year-old's bunk bed after builders abandon work on £67k loft conversion

A roof with a gap in the ceiling
Two ceilings upstairs collapsed, one of them being in the room of an eight-year-old boy (Image credit: Getty Images)

Parents of an eight-year-old boy say he could have been killed after the ceiling above his bunk bed collapsed after builders abandoned work on an extension and loft conversion at their home.

Prison psychiatrist Dr Kalpana Thomas, 51, and her husband Dr Simon Dein, a 64-year-old palliative care doctor, said they remortgaged their five-bedroom detached home in Epping, Essex, so they could afford to build an extension and loft conversion. They paid £67,000 before the builders stopped turning up.

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