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Illegal waste costs pair £300,000

Two men from Fermangah, Northern Ireland, who admitted illegally transporting hundreds of tonnes of waste have had assets worth almost £300,000 confiscated.

The court heard the scheme, which was exposed by a BBC Spotlight programme, was worth up to £3m.

A BBC News report (27 February) said that Cyril McGuinness and Cormac McCaffrey admitted 22 charges relating to the illegal transport of waste.
Both men received suspended prison sentences.

The case followed a two-year investigation prompted by the BBC Spotlight programme which followed the trail of waste through Northern Ireland to Scotland.

They took waste from the Republic, transported it through Northern Ireland and across the sea to Scotland.

It was dumped in a legal landfill facility but they stood to profit from the higher cost of waste disposal in the south of Ireland where landfill space is expected to run out in eight years.

McGuinness was said to have made £2.5 million and McCaffrey £500,000. However, only a fraction of that, less than £300,000 has been recovered.


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