A carpenter has hit out at thieves for stealing his livelihood after they took all of his tools from his work van.

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Father-of-six Keith England reverse-parked his burgundy Transit van close to his garage in Gunton Lane, New Costessey, with a padlock on the back door for extra security.

But Mr England said his vehicle had been rolled forward, with the thieves forcing their way in by pulling down the van’s locked side door. He said he believed they did this because they were foiled by the padlock.

Almost 20 tools were stolen with an estimated value of between £5,000 and £6,000. They include a Makita power drill, Dewalt 216mm mitre saw and stand, a Bosch plane and a Dewalt self-levelling laser.

Mr England added he is also due to have an operation tomorrow and could have done without the stress of the break-in.

The 29-year-old, whose six children are aged between three months and eight years old, said: “I’ve got work all lined up. If I don’t go to work and try then I will lose my house and everything.

“I am the one working. I’ve got quite a big family and there’s a stress on me. It’s all mounting up. They have really done a number on me.

“They have taken my livelihood, not just my tools.”

Norfolk Constabulary has confirmed it is investigating the theft, which is believed to have taken place between 10.15pm on Friday, November 9, and 10.15am on Saturday, November 10.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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