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Farmer fined £8,000 for fuel laundering waste

A farmer has been fined £8,000 at Belfast Crown Court for breaches of waste management legislation.

Patrick Mackle, based in Armagh, pleaded guilty to two charges and was fined £4,000 for each charge.

Officers from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA), the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, searched the farm site at Ballynakilly Road, Coalisland, in January 2010.

The officers found fuel laundering waste and commercial waste deposited on the site as well as apparatus and infrastructure used in fuel laundering. 

Mackle did not have a licence to keep controlled waste and had still not removed the waste when officers returned in March 2010.

The waste had been removed by November 2010, but it was evident that some of the waste had been burnt on site, and Mackle did not say where the waste had been sent.

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