Sentimental tools stolen in burglary

The director of an engineering firm in Eastwood has been left distraught after thieves broke into his unit and stole sentimental tools he made as an apprentice 35 years ago.

Burglars forced their way into BMF Engineering last weekend and ransacked the office before nicking off with £4,000 worth of equipment – including tools director Paul Matthews made with his very own hands as a teenager.

The director, who has been at the unit for 27 years, said: “I’ve been in the game since I was 15 and I am nearly 50 so you can imagine how many tools I had, and they’ve all gone.

“Some I made as an apprentice at just 15-years-old. It’s the sentimental value. It upsets me a lot.”

The intruders got in to the building through a trap door on the roof.

Mr Matthews was the first to find the devastation when he arrived at work early Monday morning.

“The office was trashed. You couldn’t see the floor or the desks. I think they were just looking for whatever they could get their hands on,” he said.

Police found a laptop on the roof along with several pieces of equipment.

Tools stolen included saws, socket sets and cutters.

Mr Matthews was only insured for half of them, leaving him having to fork out £2,000 for the others.

The 49-year-old, who lives in Nuthall, said the thieves would struggle to sell the equipment, and is appealing for anybody with any information to get in touch.

“If you notice people trying to sell tools off please get in touch. Or if you noticed someone come in filthy over the weekend. It’s so dirty in here – their clothes would have been covered.”

Any information should go to police on 101 or Mr Matthews direct on 01773 530095.

BMF Engineering works as a sub-contractor making a variety of metal parts.