New homes built by two large UK housing developers have potentially dangerous fire safety issues, a BBC investigation has found.

BBC Watchdog Live found that new build properties from Persimmon Homes and Bellway Homes were sold with missing or incorrectly installed fire barriers, which are designed to inhibit the spread of fire.

Building Regulations require that by law new homes are built with fire protection measures to delay the spread of fire and allow crucial time for escape.

In many new builds, particularly timber-framed buildings, fire barriers are a vital part of this fire protection. The barriers are used to form a complete seal between different areas of a home, and without them, experts say, fire and smoke can spread five to ten times faster.

Persimmon Homes and Bellway Homes both said they were addressing the issue.

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