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Larne fire engine rampage: Two men charged after fire engine stolen and driven into cars and houses

'The scene on the Glenarm Road this morning looks like something out of an action film'

A teenager and a pensioner have been charged by police after a fire engine was stolen from a station and driven into nearby cars and houses.

The 66-year-old man has been charged with five offences, including burglary and aggravated vehicle taking causing damage to property.

The 19-year-old faces charges including burglary and dangerous driving.

There were  no reported injuries from the incident happened in Larne, Co Antrim in the early hours of Saturday.

Both men are due to appear at Coleraine Magistrates' Court on Monday.

Group commander Kevin O'Neill from the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue and Service (NIFRS) said: "At approximately 04:30 this morning Larne station was broken into and a fire engine was stolen.

"Subsequently this fire engine was driven into a number of cars and houses in the Larne area."

He said the station was damaged in the break-in and the NIFRS was working to ensure services were maintained in Larne.

A spokesman for the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said two men were arrested on Saturday and are currently being questioned in custody.

DUP MLA Gordon Lyons  said that the theft of a fire engine was an appalling act that had put lives at risk.

The East Antrim MLA said: "Breaking into a fire station and stealing a fire engine shows a clear disregard for the people of Larne and those who serve in the fire service. But to drive it around the town and create mayhem along the way demonstrates just how low some people are prepared to stoop.

"I am thankful that no one was hurt or killed, however, this was an extremely stupid and dangerous thing to do.

"As a result, the scene on the Glenarm Road this morning looks like something out of an action film and the people responsible have caused thousands of pounds worth of damage.

"They need to understand the consequences and seriousness of their actions and I hope that the police ensure that happens."

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