Police have slammed "thoughtless and idiotic" vandals who tried to destroy a police car while officers dealt with a domestic incident in Kilkeel.
The police car was parked up outside a property on Slieveshan Park at around 9.30pm when it was subjected to a "vicious and targeted" attack by someone who was intent on destroying it.
An PSNI spokesman said: "These thoughtless people smashed through the rear window and started a fire in the boot compartment with complete disregard of causing a potential explosion in this built up area.
"Fortunately we were able to call upon our colleagues in the Fire and Rescue service to extinguish the blaze however the car was no longer able to be used.
"Due to these idiotic actions there is now one less Police vehicle available to us to us and as a service we need these crucial resources to keep everyone safe. We will be robustly investigating this arson to your police vehicle.
"If you can offer us any assistance in our investigation please get in touch by dialing 101 using the reference number 1373 on 04/03/19."