The episode which involved a stolen fire engine speeding recklessly through Larne, and smashing into nine parked cars before careering through gardens and striking a row of terraced houses, could easily have had fatal consequences.
The announcement this week of an additional £40 million in funding for the beleaguered health service in Northern Ireland was widely welcomed as a positive step that would ease some of the pressures on front line services.
Celtic fan John Hatton can consider himself fortunate that he escaped a jail term for invading the pitch during a crucial European Champions League game in Glasgow last month and trying to kick a player from the Paris St-Germain club.
The vandalism of public parks has become a serious issue in many districts but it is completely shocking to find that the bill for repairs at one facility in west Belfast over the last year is running in excess of £150,000.
The exploits of Northern Ireland and the Republic in qualifying for the World Cup play-offs, coming just over a year after both sides made it to the knock-out stages of Euro 2016 in France, deserve the highest praise.
The photograph on the front page of our paper yesterday, showing how a homeless man uses a public telephone box on Belfast's bustling Ormeau Road to store his bedding material, was a particularly stark image.
There are many strong reasons for hoping that our devolved administration can be restored in the near future but few are more compelling than the case of the dozens of sports coaches who face redundancy later this month.
More than a week on from the threats that forced four Catholic families to leave their homes in a shared housing development and the chief constable has publicly blamed the east Belfast UVF for this despicable crime which has appalled people across Northern Ireland.
The former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave, who has died at the age of 97, came from a family with an outstanding record of public service and made a massive contribution through his own long political career.