Armagh man Patrick Mackle guilty of waste offences
An Armagh man has been convicted at Dungannon Crown Court of waste offences.
Patrick Mackle (57), of Moy Road, was sentenced to 150 hours community service after an investigation by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA).
In March 2015, officers from the NIEA discovered more than 1,200 tonnes of waste, consisting of concrete, bricks, tiles, timber, ceramics, plastics and sheets of asbestos.
The waste was buried and stored at an unlicensed site, owned by Mackle, on the Moy Road in Armagh. The asbestos was subsequently removed under direction from the NIEA.
An NIEA spokesperson said: "The removal of the asbestos has resulted in a more favourable outcome for the environment.
"Efforts to address the remediation of remaining waste will continue.
"NIEA strives to achieve a clean healthy environment and will continue to take action against those responsible for adversely impacting our environment."