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County Armagh farmer fined £500 for pollution offence

A county Armagh farmer pleaded guilty and was fined £500, plus an offenders levy of £15 at Armagh Magistrates’ court today.

William Houston Dillon, Crewmore Road, Poyntzpass, was fined for making a polluting discharge to a waterway.

On February 6, 2014, a Water Quality Inspector acting on behalf of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) inspected a waterway at Crewbeg Road, Poyntzpass and observed it to be grossly polluted with thick growths of sewage fungus covering the bed of the waterway.

The polluting discharge was traced to farm premises owned by Dillon.

The length of waterway impacted by the discharge was in excess of 900 metres

Samples taken at the time of the incident confirmed that the discharge contained poisonous, noxious or polluting matter which was potentially harmful to fish life in the receiving waterway.

Anyone wishing to report a pollution incident can call the 24 hour Water Pollution Hotline on 0800 80 70 60.

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