Nick Knowles himself became yet another victim of tool theft as thieves made off with £4000 worth of tools from several DIY SOS vans.
The thefts took place in West Bromwich at around 11am on Tuesday. A spokeswoman for the BBC said that the thieves were able to drill through the locks on each of the vans and grab the tools in “10 or 20 seconds.”
The longtime presenter of the show, which sees Knowles and a team of volunteers work DIY miracles for some of Britain’s most vulnerable people, took to Twitter in disgust.
Really disappointed had two volunteer builders Vans broken into on West Brom SOS - damage to Peugeot rear van door - can local dealer mend?— Nick Knowles (@MrNickKnowles) July 26, 2017
A Peugeot dealer from Bilston soon offered to help fix the doors. Knowles wasn't short of volunteers to help replace what was stolen either.
If your guys had any mixers or Tile saws stolen please DM us , we supply them so can help. https://t.co/OFsEAJ6mK7— CLM Construction (@CLMConstruction) July 26, 2017
One user tweeted: “That’s West Brom for you.”
However, Knowles was unconvinced.
I don't believe it is - we've had amazing people here and I'm not going to change my mind because of a few nasties https://t.co/ZplBksRssK— Nick Knowles (@MrNickKnowles) July 26, 2017
Knowles and his team were renovating the cramped two-bedroom house of a local family.
When Crystal Chambers died from cancer in late 2015, her children, Deago and Ameira, were left in the care of their grandmother, Sandra. She, the kids and her son Ziggy had been struggling to cope.
"They’re a really lovely family and they came out and met the builders and motivation levels went up they met them and everyone is determined to try and make life a little better for them," Knowles told the Express & Star.
Tool theft can often destroy a tradesman's income, and the number of incidents in Great Britain has been increasing in recent years. ToolsInsuranceOnline.com provides coverage for hand-held tools against theft and damage.
A spokesman for "Tool theft is a serious issue at the moment," the company told Wise Tradesmen. "It's sad to see so many reported tool thefts lately with vans broken into. We provide a service to help protect tradesmen should they unfortunately get targeted."
ToolsInsuranceOnline.com is part of Trade Direct Insurance, who insure over 40,000 tradespeople across the UK.