DIY SOS targeted by tool theives in West Brom

BBC presenter, Nick Knowles, has spoken of his disgust after vans used by the DIY SOS team helping a grieving family were targeted by burglars

An estimated £4,000 worth of tools were stolen as crooks struck in West Bromwich, where workers from the show are currently renovating the home of a family which lost a mother to cancer. 

The heart-warming story had seen dozens of local tradesman pitch up to offer their help, but the break-ins have left a sour taste. Knowles took to Twitter to speak out about the incident, which happened on Livingstone Road at around 11am yesterday, and appealed for help for getting one of the vans fixed. 

The presenter received a flood of tweets from followers condemning what had happened and offering to help.

A BBC spokesperson said the burglars are believed to have used a drill to break the locks on the vans before snatching the tools inside.

She said the 'whole thing took 10 or 20 seconds'.

Knowles later revealed a Peugeot dealer in Bilston had offered to help and said the incident would not change his view of West Bromwich.

The DIY SOS team stepped in to help after hearing the story of Crystal Chambers. The 32-year-old was given hours to live when she was diagnosed with terminal cancer. She died in October 2015, leaving her two young children in the care of her mother, Sandra.

They now all live together with Sandra’s son, Ziggy, in a cramped two-bedroom house. Crystal’s two children, Deago, aged nine, and Ameira, aged three, have to share a bedroom with Sandra, who has struggled with the situation.

Knowles spoke to the Express & Star last week, when he said: "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."

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