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Plea after laundered fuel leaks into Armagh river

Officials have stepped in to prevent fuel laundering waste from polluting a south Armagh river.

Two 1,000-litre drums of waste were reported abandoned just off the Mullaghduff Road in Cullyhanna at the weekend and some of the liquid waste had found its way into the nearby County Water river.

The Northern Ireland Environment Agency said one container had been burned, leaving only a metal frame and some plastic.

The other had been overturned and was leaking waste around four metres from the river.

"Some of the contents had entered a nearby road gully and a minor volume of liquid waste had reached the river," an NIEA spokesperson said.

"When NIEA arrived on the site, they ensured that no further waste could enter the river."

The containers were being removed from the site yesterday.

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said: "I would urge anyone with information to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or the Water Pollution Hotline on 0800 80 70 60.

Belfast Telegraph