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Suspended sentence for man who buried waste

A Northern Ireland man has received a suspended sentence for running an illegal landfill site containing waste from the Republic of Ireland.

Patrick Nugent, 32, of Altaglushan Road, Galbally, Dungannon, was given two years’ imprisonment, suspended for three years, at Dungannon Crown Court on 26 January for breaches of environmental legislation.

He admitted one charge in relation to the keeping of waste and another to keeping waste in the manner likely to pollute the environment or harm human health.

Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers investigated the site on Reclain Road, Dungannon, during 2015 and 2016 where an estimated 318 tonnes of baled and loose waste from the Republic of Ireland had been illegally deposited and buried.

Costs of more than £1,900 were also awarded to the NIEA.

The agency is currently working with officials from the Republic to return the waste.

A proceeds of crime investigation is also being conducted by NIEA officers in relation to the offending carried out by Nugent.

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