The owners of a stolen chip van have offered a cash reward for information leading to the return of the £12,000 vehicle.
Anita and Bobby McBride are desperate for the van to be returned after it was stolen from the front of their Kilkeel home earlier this month.
The pair, who have four children, are being forced to claim unemployment benefits just to make ends meet after the theft of the van — their main source of income.
Mrs McBride issued a plea for anyone with information to come forward.
“It’s terrible because neither of us have any work at the moment,” she said. “I used to do the lunches and we have girls who did the evening, and we have had to let them go, so that’s five or six girls out of work.
“My husband is a fisherman and he is finding it tough as well because of the fishing quotas. We’ve both had to sign on because things are so bad. It’s not what you want when you’ve four young children in the house but we’ve no alternative.”
The van was stolen from their Rooney Road house in the early hours of April 7.
Mrs McBride said CCTV shows the van being towed out of Kilkeel through Annalong and then in Newcastle at 3.55am.
Appealing for witnesses, a PSNI spokeswoman said detectives can be contacted at 0845 600 8000. Information can also be passed to Mr McBride on 077 6422 5903.