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Man charged after car driven into house in Larne and set alight

A 34-year-old man has been charged after a car was driven into a house in Larne and set on fire on Sunday.

Shortly after 4.30pm a Peugeot 206 ploughed into the front of the house on the Killyglen Road and set alight.

It's understood a number of people were inside the property at the time.

The man is charged with arson endangering life with intent, making threats to kill, intimidation and wasting police time by making a false report.

He is expected to appear before Antrim Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

Terrified neighbours described how they heard shouting followed by two loud bangs.

The car was enveloped by flames, with smoke billowing at the front of the house.

"It's heartbreaking that this is continuing to happen," one neighbour said.

"It's meant to be a quiet Sunday and there are plenty of kids playing in the area and then this happens.

"I heard two loud bangs and went outside and saw the car up in flames.

"It was very scary as we didn't know where it could spread to.

"We could feel the heat metres away."

An ambulance was called to the scene shortly before 5pm. A few people were assessed by paramedics but no one was taken to hospital.

The area was busy with dog-walkers and children playing on a sunny afternoon when the incident happened.

Neighbours and onlookers spoke of their shock.

"It is terrifying that this can happen in the middle of the day when there are children in the area," one shocked neighbour said.

"When is it going to stop? No one wants this.

"I heard two loud bangs and when I went to see what happened I could see the car in flames and smoke rising up."

Two other men, aged 23 and 32, also arrested after the attack were released on police bail pending further inquiries.

It was the second time the house had been targeted in a week, after another two cars were set on fire outside the property on Killyglen Road.

The latest incident follows a series of arson attacks in Larne on homes and businesses in the last 10 days. It is not yet known if the incidents are linked.

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