Residents extinguish fire after stolen car crashes into house

Police have praised "quick thinking locals" in helping to locate a man suspected of crashing a stolen car into a house and trying to set it alight.

They said a "significant search" ensued as the man made off after crashing the vehicle near Clady in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Stolen car which crashed into house in south Derry

Stolen car which crashed into house in south Derry

"Great work by alert residents in Clady in the early hours of this morning prevented a car theft developing into something a lot more serious," the PSNI said in a social media post.

"We were out looking for a car that had been stolen over in K district (Ballymena’s patch) when we got calls reporting a male trying so set fire to a car that he had crashed into a house near Clady. The male had then made off."

The suspect was eventually arrested and taken into custody.

"Special mention goes to quick thinking locals who pulled the car away from the house and extinguished the fire before it took hold," added the post.