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Father and son fined after discovery of 39,000 tonnes of illegally deposited waste

Haulage companies also fined after site inspection

A father and son and two haulage companies were today fined a total of £26,500 at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court for the unauthorised infilling of around 39,000 tonnes of waste at a site in Portadown.

Landowner Fergal McNally (63) of Derrykeeran Road, Portadown was fined £6,000 for unlawful disposal and keeping of waste at land on Derrykeeran Road in the town.

His son Michael McNally (38), of Derryneskan Road Portadown was fined £3,000 for keeping waste.

Both men had each pleaded guilty to the waste offences on 2 May 2017.

Hauliers Brendan Loughran & Sons Limited of Termon Road, Carrickmore and Colin Donnelly t/a Donnelly Transport of Ballyscandal Road, Armagh were found guilty of unlawfully depositing waste on the site and were fined £15,000 and £2,500 respectively (with an associated £15 offenders’ levy each).

On 19 November 2014, officers from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) carried out a site inspection on lands at Derrykeeran Road, where they found an area of infill containing waste in the form of clay, soil and stone.

While on site, a tipper lorry, which was later identified as being owned and operated by Brendan Loughran & Sons Limited, arrived and was observed depositing clay and soil waste.

On 7 March 2016, NIEA officers identified tipper lorries, owned and operated by Colin Donnelly t/a Donnelly Transport, depositing waste clay, soil, stone and reinforced concrete on site.

NIEA officers calculated that over 39,000 tonnes of waste had been deposited on this site.

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