Tommy Coyle says he "feels sorry" for the thieves who ransacked his Box Clever Bus and stole thousands of pounds worth of equipment which was there to help kids turn their lives around.
The bus - which travels the length and breadth of Hull, East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire - was broken into at some point between Wednesday, November 20 and Thursday, November 21.
Tommy says a huge amount of equipment, boxing gear and technology was stolen from the bus, which is usually kept in a compound off Chamberlain Road in east Hull.
But he says the burglary will not keep the bus off the road - and has even offered to help the people responsible.
"I feel sorry for them," he said.
"They've been in a situation where they've made this choice or decision and it is my job to get to them before they take the wrong turning and offer them my services and help to put them down the right path."
Weights, kettlebells, punching bags and gloves were stolen, alongside coffee machines, an Xbox, Playstation 4 and ten iPads - which hold data relating to the progress made by the youths who use the bus.
Damage to the Box Clever Bus was made by the thieves who had smashed their way inside.
It launched earlier this year and was given vital funding by the Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner for its youth engagement programme aimed at reducing violence and antisocial behaviour across the region.
The bus was kitted out with a gym, youth space and a mobile boxing ring - which was one of the only things not taken during the burglary.
Tommy said the thieves actions shows why the bus is such a vital part of fighting crime.
He said: "We park it off Chamberlain Road and they've had to get over the fence or break into the compound and then gain entry by force onto the bus.
"The doors are broken and we won't be able to secure them tonight, we'll have to get a team out to fix them.
"It shows why the bus is needed and why projects like these are what's needed."
Tommy says the theft will not stop the team from doing their work and they will still be out and on the road tonight helping Hull's youths at West Park.
He said: "We've been to the gym and got lots of boxing gloves and bags.
"The ring is still there and we can get back on the road tonight.
"We won't be having any drinks or equipment like the weights and kettlebells but we're back on it like a boomerang."
Sophie Corcoran is a reporter for Hull Live and the Hull Daily Mail. Her interests include positive news, news about homelessness, court news and breaking news.
You can also call her on 01482 315174 or email [email protected]
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