Repair boss calls for safe return of kidnapped team member

A REWARD has been put up by a repair business after one of the most important members of its marketing team was kidnapped in Wembley last week.

The public have been urged to keep their eyes open for the victim, who is seven foot tall, black and yellow and made of plastic.

0800 Repair, which is headquartered in Sheffield but runs franchises across London, is offering a £100 reward for the safe return of the giant screwdriver – the company’s mascot – which was snatched from the top of one of its vans in Wembley.

Managing director Paul Feek said: “Somebody somewhere must know something. Perhaps your friend or loved one has been acting suspiciously, or carrying a giant screwdriver around. Either way we urge you to get in touch. Even the smallest detail could lead to a major breakthrough in the case.

“The screwdriver was our most effective marketing asset and had been with the company for over a year.

“If the kidnappers are listening to this, I would ask them to please not harm the screwdriver, or send us body parts – such as a severed flat-head – in the post, we just ask for its safe return.”

On the night in question, the van was parked on Homefield Road, Wembley, near the popular nightspot, The Sudbury Inn.

It is not known whether the crime was pre-meditated or carried out by an opportunistic reveller looking for something bigger than a traffic cone or road sign to steal on their way home.

The van’s driver that night was Hanif Balbeo, who said: “I couldn’t believe it was gone and can’t see how they got it off the van.

“They must have had a big job on themselves if they needed a screwdriver that big. The only consolation was a bottle of beer they left on the bonnet of the van.”

Anyone with any information regarding the screwdriver is asked to call 01909 519258.

0800 Repair offers maintenance and repair services on household goods across the UK, including London.

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