Pensioner and teenager held after rampage in fire engine

A pensioner and a teenager have been remanded in custody charged with stealing a fire engine and embarking on a drive of destruction which only ended when it ploughed into several homes and cars.

Pensioner and teenager held after rampage in fire engine

The pair stood in the dock of Coleraine magistrates’ court accused of breaking into Larne fire station in Antrim and stealing the vehicle.

The stolen engine, with its flashing lights on, careered into eight parked vehicles before crashing into a number of terraced homes in Glenarm Rd in the town in the early hours of Saturday.

Residents were met with a startling scene when they were awoken by the crashing appliance around 4.30am.

Cars were strewn across the road — one flipped on to its roof — with the fire engine having come to a halt in the front gardens of a number of the terraced houses.

Robert Duffin, aged 66, from Green Link, Larne, and Ross Clarke, aged 19, of Fairway, Larne, were brought before district judge Mark Hamill yesterday. Both spoke briefly to confirm they understood the charges.

They were arrested shortly after the crash on Saturday morning.

Clarke is accused of 14 offences, including burglary, dangerous driving, driving without an appropriate licence or insurance, and aggravated vehicle taking causing damage to vehicles and houses.

Duffin is facing five counts, including burglary and aggravated vehicle taking causing damage to vehicles and houses.

The judge remanded the two in custody until the next hearing this week.

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