Belfast Telegraph

Animal carcasses dumped at reservoir

By Linda Stewart

Animal carcasses have been left piled in a heap on a laneway close to a reservoir.

The gruesome remains of three calves and four sheep were found by an NI Water staff member carrying out routine checks at Lough Mourne impounding reservoir north of Carrickfergus.

The culprits are believed to have used heavy machinery to break down gates to access the site and dump the carcasses.

Maynard Cousley, NI Water's supply manager for the area, said: "Those responsible for this incident went to this site clearly intent on dumping the carcasses. The gates they broke down are substantial in both size and weight and you would need some sort of heavy machinery or vehicle in order to cause that kind of damage.

"These gates were installed last year at nearly £7,000 in order to prevent frequent fly-tipping at the site. Over the last 12 months there have been no less than four serious incidents of fly-tipping at this reservoir, which involved not only animal carcasses but asbestos and general building waste.

"As well as the potential public health hazards associated with the disposal of animal remains in this way, such incidents also create a needless drain on limited resources and mean that other priority improvements to our services cannot be delivered.

"While none of the incidents posed a risk to water quality, the additional costs of removing the carcasses and repairing the damage are substantial.

"I would appeal to the public in the area to be vigilant and if they have any information or see anything suspicious to contact the PSNI or Crimestoppers anonymously on 08 0055 5111."

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