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Two men in court over fire engine rampage in Larne

By Nevin Farrell

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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