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Farmer is hit by £1,000 fine for polluting river

BY LINDA STEWART

A Tyrone farmer has been fined £1,000 after effluent from a pile of manure in his farmyard poured into a river.

Mr William Jeffers, of Grange Road, Cookstown, was fined at Dungannon Magistrates Court for making a polluting discharge to a waterway, the Department of the Environment said in a statement.

Environment Agency water quality inspectors visited the farmyard adjacent to 71 Grange Road, Cookstown, Tyrone, on April 17 and June 11, 2013 and observed a heap of farmyard manure, a spokesman said. "Farmyard manure effluent was observed flowing from the yard, entering a road gully which subsequently entered an unnamed tributary of the Ballinderry Catchment. The source of the polluting discharge was traced to a farm owned by Mr Jeffers," he said.

Samples taken at the time of the incidents confirmed that the discharges contained poisonous, noxious or polluting matter which was potentially harmful to fish.

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