Caravan which was going to fund completion of cottage, stolen from Raphoe couple

A bereaved couple's dream of moving into the cottage they have spent the past four years restoring has been shattered by thieves.

Helen and Ian Hancock, who lost a baby three months ago, live in a mobile home but were in the final stages of completing work on the 400-year-old cottage near Raphoe.

But thieves have stolen a caravan they had been selling to finance their home. The 22-foot five-year-old Avondale caravan, worth about 10,000 euros, was being sold to fund a thatched roof.

Ian Hancock the caravan was their only asset: