A painter and decorator who claims he is owed £500 has taken revenge by daubing a message on the side of an old pub he had worked on.

Dean Reeves wrote in large black letters: "Want your house painting? Don’t be like Terry, pay the bill! Now you will!” over the cream exterior he had painted.

Dean, 50, claims builder Terry Taylor paid him just £650 of the £1,150 agreed price for the work.

He says Mr Taylor refused to pay the rest until he had done additional work on the building.

He claims he worked through his lunch for a week to get the job done on time on the former North Star Club in Bolsover, Derbys, which is being converted into flats.

However, he says Mr Taylor told him he wouldn't be getting paid the remainder of the cash until he "gave the back of the house another coat".

But Mr Taylor has hit back, denying that he asked Dean to do additional work, adding that "no one" would pay in full for work before the job had been finished.

He branded Dean a "prat" and said he was "unbothered" by his paint protest, saying he would have it covered up by the end of the day.

Terry Taylor claims Dean has committed criminal damage

Father-of-two Dean insists he did what was asked, but Mr Taylor told him "you're not getting paid a penny until you've done the fascias" - which Dean claims was not part of the original quote.

The disgruntled decorator lavished the cream coloured rendered building with huge black paint encouraging other people not to be "like Terry" and pay the bill.

Dean said: "I gave him a quote for the job and he said he would 'ping me the money straight away'.

"But he tried to change the job halfway through. The job was supposed to be done on scaffolding, he was supposed to have taken all the signs and guttering off.

"But I did the job off ladders, saving him £900 on scaffolding and I took all the signs off myself.

"He changed the job, kept asking me to extra work. He said there was a number of jobs I needed to do before I would get paid."

Dean painted the message on the old pub

Dean says he took the drastic action two days after being told he was not going to get the £500 he was owed.

When contacted for comment, Mr Taylor has denied ripping Dean off and said he was going to pay in full once the work had been completed.

Mr Taylor said: "The bloke is a prat. He should have just done the work and he would have been paid in full. It’s standard.

"He wasn’t asked to do additional work, it was offset work by other jobs he was meant to do but didn’t.

"It was his idea, he said he would do some other jobs to offset what he wasn’t doing. He was getting paid the same to do less work.

Mr Reeves left a message on the pub

"I wasn’t going to pay him for the whole job until he finished it, no one would.

"I’ve spoken to police now. I found out about it last night but I’m completely unbothered. It’s just paint, the idiot.

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"I’m the boss, so I’m just going to go round and paint over it. Do his job for him. It’ll be done by the end of the day."

A Derbyshire Police spokesman said: “We received a call this morning reporting that a property in Welbeck Road, Bolsover had had graffiti painted onto it.

“It appears to be a dispute between two parties and we will be getting in touch with those involved in due course.”