Thieves smashed their way into a Chester -based gardening company’s van and helped themselves to tools worth around £3,500.

The vehicle belonging to Actual Landscapes, which has an office in Vicars Cross as well as Hawarden, was targeted as it was parked on Watts Dyke in Llay, Wrexham, overnight on Monday (February 29).

Equipment including drills, a circular saw, a masonry saw, grinder and impact driver – which all have Actual Landscapes written on them – were stolen.

Actual Landscapes director Rory Tompsett said: “It has caused a massive inconvenience to us.

“We’re only a small business so this is soul-destroying.

“The van will need to be looked at by forensics, then repaired.

“I have clients who have been let down and staff who will not be paid.

“It’s very frustrating and disappointing. The impact these people have on others’ lives is huge.

“But we will get through it.”

The tools stolen have Actual Landscapes marked on them
The tools stolen have Actual Landscapes marked on them

Anyone with any information about this incident should call North Wales Police on 101 quoting reference number UO29915.

Alternatively, information can be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.