A furious builder has been branded 'the most burgled man in Britain' after thieves ransacked his property an astonishing 43 times.

Michael Abberley, aged 51, was once targeted on three occasions in a week and estimates raiders have made off with more than £100,000 of his valuables.

The dad-of-three said he now has no choice but to set up a crime busting vigilante group in a last ditch bid to end his misery.

On average Mr Abberley and his wife Barbara, aged 47, who live with daughters Julie, aged 26, Kelly, aged 23, and Gemma, aged 20, have been raided once every six months since the 80s.

In the worst single attack thieves snatched more than £14,000 of musical gear - and in the most bizarre they swiped an expensive radio controlled helicopter.

He spoke out last night after yobs crow-barred open his daughter's car and made off with a £300 mini disc player.

The frustrated tiler, of Cannock, Staffs, said he has been left at the end of his tether and insists soft judges and weak sentences are to blame for the two decade reign of terror.

He said: "I am the most burgled man in Britain. I can't think of anyone who has had it worse.

"The police I haven't got a problem with - it's the system and the courts. Every time they catch a criminal they are told to be a good boy, not to do it again and they get a slap on the wrist - then they are free to do exactly what they like.

"When I go to court I feel like it is one big joke, all criminals get these days is a slap on the wrist."

Inspector Matt Derrick of Cannock Police Station said: "I feel disappointed that Mr Abberley feels so let down.

"The judicial system, of course, is bound by a strict code which it adheres to.

"I would welcome a discussion with him, if he wishes, on his problems."