Giant mascot kidnapped in Wembley

Company offer �100 for return of valued marketing asset

WHAT’S seven foot tall, black and yellow, and missing?

The colourful mascot of a repair company that was ‘kidnapped’ during a visit to the borough.

The giant screwdriver which is a symbol for 0800 repair was snatched from the top of one their vans which was parked in Homefield Road, Sudbury.

Maybe someone felt they had a large screw loose and the mascot was fit for the job, or perhaps they wanted to drive the company crazy.


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Whatever the reason, Paul Feek, managing director of 0800 Repair, has put up a �100 reward for the mascot’s return.

He said: “Somebody somewhere must know something.

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“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.”

Hanif Balbeo was driving the van when the screwdriver was pinched, he said: “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.

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