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Two men in court over fire engine rampage in Larne

By Nevin Farrell

Published 07/03/2016

A fire engine that was stolen from a station and driven into nearby cars and houses in Glenarm Road, Larne, Co Antrim. Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye
A fire engine that was stolen from a station and driven into nearby cars and houses in Glenarm Road, Larne, Co Antrim. Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye
Two men aged 66 and 19 are being questioned by police about the theft of a fire engine. Above: The scene on the Glenarm Road in Larne where a fire engine which had been stolen from the town's fire station during the night crashed into a number of cars and houses. 5 March 16 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye.
A fire engine that was stolen from a station and driven into nearby cars and houses in Glenarm Road, Larne, Co Antrim. Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye
The scene on the Glenarm Road in Larne where a fire engine which had been stolen from the town's fire station during the night crashed into a number of cars and houses. 5 March 16 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye.
A fire engine was stolen from a station and driven into nearby cars and houses in Glenarm Road, Larne, Co Antrim
A fire engine that was stolen from a station and driven into nearby cars and houses in Glenarm Road, Larne, Co Antrim. PA
A fire engine that was stolen from a station and driven into nearby cars and houses in Glenarm Road, Larne, Co Antrim. PA
A fire engine that was stolen from a station and driven into nearby cars and houses in Glenarm Road, Larne, Co Antrim. PA
A fire engine that was stolen from a station and driven into nearby cars and houses in Glenarm Road, Larne, Co Antrim. Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye
A fire engine that was stolen from a station and driven into nearby cars and houses in Glenarm Road, Larne, Co Antrim. Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye
A fire engine that was stolen from a station and driven into nearby cars and houses in Glenarm Road, Larne, Co Antrim. Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye
A fire engine that was stolen from a station and driven into nearby cars and houses in Glenarm Road, Larne, Co Antrim. Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye
The scene on the Glenarm Road in Larne where a fire engine which had been stolen from the town's fire station during the night crashed into a number of cars and houses. 5 March 16 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye.
The scene on the Glenarm Road in Larne where a fire engine which had been stolen from the town's fire station during the night crashed into a number of cars and houses. 5 March 16 - Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye.
A fire engine that was stolen from a station and driven into nearby cars and houses in Glenarm Road, Larne, Co Antrim. Pacemaker
A fire engine that was stolen from a station and driven into nearby cars and houses in Glenarm Road, Larne, Co Antrim. Picture by Darren Kidd / Press Eye

Two Larne men have appeared in court in connection with the theft of a fire engine which crashed and caused destruction in the County Antrim town in the early hours of Saturday.

The fire engine and eight other vehicles and six dwellings at Larne's Glenarm Road - as well as Larne Fire Station at Agnew Street - were damaged in the rampage which began around 4.30am.

Ross Clarke (19) of Fairway faced 14 charges including burglary and dangerous driving.

Robert Duffin (66) of Green Link has been charged with five offences including burglary and aggravated vehicle taking causing damage to property.

They appeared at Coleraine Magistrates' Court on Monday where both confirmed they understood the charges.

A police officer said she believed she could connect the men to the charges.

No bail applications were made by defence solicitors.

A solicitor for Clarke said he would make a bail application on Thursday if a suitable address can be found for his client.

No further details were outlined to the court.

Both men were remanded in custody by District Judge Mark Hamill to appear at Ballymena Magistrates' Court this Thursday.

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