Pensioner and teen remanded in custody following fire engine rampage


The set of two stood in the dock of Coleraine Magistrates’ Court accused of breaking into Larne excite station in Co Antrim and stealing the appliance.

The stolen engine, with its glare lights on, careered into eight rked vehicles before smash into a number of terraced homes in Glenarm Road in the town in the at hours of Saturday.

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

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

Robert Duffin, 66, from Callow Link, Larne, and Ross Clarke, 19, of Fairway, Larne, were presented before district judge Mark Hamill on Monday morning.

Both warn briefly to confirm they understood the charges.

They were stopped shortly after the crash on Saturday morning.

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

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

A police constable told the court she could secure the accused to the charges.

Solicitors for both defendants said they had no doubts for the officer. They asked for the case to be mentioned again at Ballymena courthouse on Thursday when they hinted a bail application would be made.

The judge remanded the two in custody until the next be telling later this week.

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