A rural village is getting a new Christmas tree after the old one - which was apparently in bad shape - was mysteriously cut down overnight.
The £800 tree in Annalong was provided by Newry and Mourne District Council before it was felled in the early hours of yesterday morning.
A council spokesman said last night a new tree would soon be up.
"In the spirit of the festive period we will replace the tree as a matter of urgency and call on support of the local community to ensure that future trees are not vandalised," he said.
However, this is not the first time that the Co Down village's Christmas tree has been cut down. A local community group has claimed that they had been given a "bad tree" by the council for the last three years.
Annalong Community Development Association chairman David McCauley said: "While it is disappointing that the tree was cut down, I can understand the frustration from some members of the community at the standard of the tree provided by Newry and Mourne District council."