Pensioner and teen charged over fire engine incident

The fire engine that was stolen from a station and driven into cars and houses in Larne, as a teenager and a pensioner have been charged with a string of offences in connection with the incident

The fire engine that was stolen from a station and driven into cars and houses in Larne, as a teenager and a pensioner have been charged with a string of offences in connection with the incident

A teenager and a pensioner who allegedly went joyriding in a fire engine before smashing into cars and houses have been charged with a string of offences in connection with the incident.

The men, aged 19 and 66, are alleged to have stolen the fire engine in the early hours of Saturday from a station in Larne.

The PSNI said the men, who have not been named, will appear at Coleraine Magistrates’ Court on Monday to face charges including aggravated vehicle taking, burglary and “various other offences”.

A PSNI spokeswoman said: “Detectives have charged a 66-year-old man with burglary, aggravated vehicle taking causing damage to another vehicle, aggravated vehicle taking causing damage to property and various other offences.

“Detectives have also charged a 19-year-old man with dangerous driving, burglary, attempted burglary with intent to steal, aggravated vehicle causing damage to another vehicle and aggravated vehicle taking causing damage to property and various other offences.

“Both are due to appear at Coleraine Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 7 March. As is normal procedure all charges will be reviewed by the PPS (Public Prosecution Service).”