Two ‘builders’ are to stand trial after being accused of ripping off customers in Blackburn and Darwen. 

Kenny Morphet and Kenny Mortimer appeared at Preston Crown Court on Thursday (February 29) charged with two counts of fraud by false representation.

Both men denied the charges.

Mortimer, 34, of Apex Close, Burnley, and Morphet, 29, of King Street, Briercliffe, entered not guilty pleas to two counts each.

The first relates to an incident which is alleged to have taken place between October 21 and December 17, 2019.

The second relates to an a second incident which is alleged to have occurred between March 1 and April 25, 2020.

The men are accused of committing fraud in that they dishonestly made false representations by conducting structural works at a property in Darwen in 2019, and a property in Blackburn in 2020, whereby they charged the alleged victims a large amount despite the work being far below the value they charged and were subsequently paid, in order to make a financial gain for themselves.

A trial date of April 7, 2025, was set, with both men being released on unconditional bail.

They will next be required to attend court for a pre-trial review hearing on February 10, 2025.