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School targeted in dumping spree

A PRIMARY school has become the latest target for callous criminals as cubes of laundered fuel waste were dumped just yards from the front door.

In just over ten days the local area has seen more than 20 cubes dumped with clean up costs soaring into the thousands of pounds.

And SDLP Councillor Thomas O’Hanlon has condemned those responsible for this deplorable act.

Councillor O’Hanlon, who is also a member of Board of Governors at Clea Primary School said: “This morning I received calls from very irate residents and concerned parents about fuel pods which were dumped outside the school overnight.

‘This is just the latest yet probably the most sinister dumping incident in this area. In the last ten days we have had over twenty cubes dumped in the wider Keady/ Derrynoose area and local residents are sick, sore and tired of this area being used as some form of dumping ground for fuel laundering idiots.

‘The incidents in recent weeks have disrupted farmers who couldn’t access their lands because of these pods, they have been dumped at beauty local spots and not they have targeted the staff parking area outside a rural primary school.

“Local residents and parents of children at the school are extremely angry.  This was a horrible site, to see fuel pods dumped on the roadside and waste running down the road.  This is in stark contrast to the excellent environmental and conservation work which the pupils are doing in the school, for which they have won awards.”

He added: “The cost of cleaning up after these mindless thugs is mounting between council’s and the environment agency.  A greater focus must now be put on stopping these activities on a cross border and multiagency basis and catch those responsible for this crime against our communities.”

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