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PICS: Pensioner arrested after a fire engine is stolen and driven into cars and houses

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The aftermath of the stolen vehicle rampage
The aftermath of the stolen vehicle rampage
The aftermath of the stolen vehicle rampage
The aftermath of the stolen vehicle rampage
The aftermath of the stolen vehicle rampage
The aftermath of the stolen vehicle rampage
The aftermath of the stolen vehicle rampage
The aftermath of the stolen vehicle rampage

A pensioner and a teenager have been arrested after a fire engine was stolen from a station and driven into nearby cars and houses.

The incident happened in Larne, Co Antrim in the early hours of Saturday.

The police have arrested two men, aged 66 and 19.

Both men made off from the scene. 

One of the males was conveyed to hospital for treatment to his injuries.  He has since been released from hospital.

Both men are currently in police custody.

Group commander Kevin O'Neill from the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue and Service (NIFRS) said: "At approximately 04:30 this morning Larne station was broken into and a fire engine was stolen.

"Subsequently this fire engine was driven into a number of cars and houses in the Larne area."

He said the station was damaged in the break-in and the NIFRS was working to ensure services were maintained in Larne.

East Antrim MLA Gordon Lyons said: "They caused a lot of damage by what they have done.

"They have been putting lives at risk by their behaviour. So we can only hope that they will understand what they have done has been very selfish and very dangerous indeed."