Two men have been arrested after a fire engine was stolen from a fire station in Northern Ireland before it was crashed into a number of cars and a garden.
The theft is believed to have occurred at around 4.30 this morning when the engine was driven out of Larne fire station in County Antrim.
The PSNI are questioning two men, aged 66 and 19 in relation to the incident. The fire engine was driven out of Larne fire station and crashed at Glenarm Road in the town damaging houses and cars. It is understood that no-one was injured in the collision that happened shortly after 04:30 GMT.
Police received several reports of a fire engine having crashed into a number of cars and gardens at Glenarm Road. Two men were reported fleeing the scene following the crash, however, after being apprehended; one of the men was later taken to hospital for treatment to his injuries and has since been released.
PSNI Inspector Trevor Atkinson said: “I would ask anyone who may have witnessed these incidents to contact police at Larne on the non-emergency number 101.”
Larne Fire Station was also damaged during the break in.
Kevin O’Neill of the Northern Ireland Fire & rescue Service said “It is an inconvenience in that we have had to put in emergency arrangements, but we are in a position where we can deal with things. I would urge anyone who has any information to report it to the police.”
Gordon Lyons, MLA for East Antrim said those who took the fire engine should understand the consequences of their action. “They caused a lot of damage by what they have done,” he said.
“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.”
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