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Mash Direct boss fined £3,000 for polluting Co Down river - again

A Co Down businessman has been fined £3,000 for polluting the River Enler a fourth time.

Robert Martin Hamilton, director of ready-made food company Mash Direct, pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

The river was found to be "grossly polluted" by Water Quality Inspectors for the Northern Ireland Environment Agency on 4 February 2015.

The pollution was discovered where the River Enler meets the Ballystockart River - and traced to premises owned by Robert Hamilton, of Ballyrainey Road in Comber.

Sludge had been spread on the fields and had run off into the water, impacting 2.5 kilometres of waterway.

Mr Hamilton was fined £3,000, plus court costs of £25 and an Offenders Levy of £15.

But he has previously been fined for three separate pollution offences on the river.

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