A Rathfriland joiner has been left devastated and unable to work after the tools of his trade were stolen.
David McKnight had been working at a house in the Rugby Drive area of Banbridge, opposite the graveyard this morning (Thursday).
That was when chance thieves took the opportunity to target his van and made off with absolutely everything.
The self-employed father-of-three young children – aged five, seven and nine – has now been left essentially out of a job.
It has been devastating for the family and they are desperate to have the tools returned.
Wife Faith said the van was “completely stripped”; Makita drills, chop saw, nail guns – absolutely everything was stolen.
It happened sometime between 10am and 12noon today.
Faith – who branded the culprits “low-life scum” – added: “It’s just awful, especially this time of year. He can’t return to work as he has absolutely nothing left.
“Three young kids at home after Christmas is tough. It’s something we don’t need right now. We’re just gutted.”
The PSNI are investigating and anyone with information can contact police in Banbridge on the non-emergency number 101.
Anyone who can help them is asked to get in touch and anyone who is offered such items in suspicious circumstances should also report it.
If you can help David please do come forward and tell police and help an honest hard-working man get his property back and catch the scum who left the family high and dry.
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