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Farmer fined £500 over slurry spill

A farmer has been fined £500 plus costs after slurry from his farm poured down a road.

William Wilson, of Edentrillick Road in Hillsborough, was fined at Lisburn Magistrates Court for polluting a waterway, the Department of the Environment said in a statement.

"On January 22, 2010, water quality inspectors acting on behalf of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency responded to a pollution incident at a farm at Edentrillick Road, Hillsborough, and observed that slurry had escaped from a slurry lagoon and flowed down a road for approximately 550 metres," a spokesman said.

"The slurry entered a road gully from where it discharged to a waterway. The waterway was badly polluted and had foam in it, and the source of the polluting discharge was traced to a farm owned by Mr Wilson.

"The discharge contained poisonous, noxious or polluting matter which was potentially harmful to fish life," the statement said.

Belfast Telegraph