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Co Tyrone farmer found guilty of polluting waterway

By Lesley Houston

A Co Tyrone farmer has been convicted of polluting over a kilometre long stretch of a waterway off the Strule River near his Omagh farm.

Nigel Kennedy of Glenhordial Road was fined £1,000 after water quality inspectors found poisonous and noxious polluting matter at a stream at Glenderg Road in Omagh.

Kennedy pleaded guilty to the incident after Environment Agency officials found fungal growth on the bed of the waterway during their inspection on March 7 last year.

During a hearing at Omagh Magistrates Court yesterday, it emerged that a sample taken at the unnamed tributary of the Strule confirmed the discharge contained poisonous, noxious or polluting matter that was potentially harmful to fish life.

The polluting discharge was traced to farm premises owned by Kennedy, with the length of the waterway affected stretching approximately 1,400 metres.

The case was brought by the Department of the Environment.

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