A self-employed carpenter has been left unable to work after the theft of his van packed with tools worth thousands of pounds.

David Driver, 29, parked his Ford Transit Sport van outside a house in St Mark’s Road, Mitcham, on Wednesday to carry out work on a home.

When taking a phone call outside at 10.30am he noticed it was still parked on the road a short distance from the house.

But when he went outside for lunch at about 1pm he noticed it was missing and there was another car parked in the same spot.

Police have confirmed they are investigating the theft of a black Ford Transit van containing tools thought to be worth about £2,500.

Mr Driver, of Mitcham, is appealing for help and is offering a reward for its safe return.

He said he was angry when he realised his van was gone.

Mr Driver said: "I had my tools in it, I’ve had them for a long time.

"I can’t do my job without it so I’m not really doing anything apart from sorting insurance."

Mr Driver said he is hoping to get a temporary van with any money from the insurance company to replace it so he can carry on with his day job but he would not be able to afford to replace it on his own.

It is thought the tools which were in the back of the van included electric saws and a hammer drill.

Police are investigating the theft of a van on Wednesday, May 28 between 10.30am and 1pm from St Mark's Road, Mitcham.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of the van contact the Police on 101.