Two farmers charged with Fish killings


Two farmers were last week fined at Omagh Magistrates court for effluent pollution causing the death of fish.

Two farmers charged with Fish killings

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Two farmers were last week fined at Omagh Magistrates court for effluent pollution causing the death of fish.


Two farmers appeared in Omagh Magistrates court last week and received fines for pollution causing death to fish numbers.

The two farmers, Francis White and Brendan McBride both appeared in court on Seperate charges of pollution. They both hail from the Trillick area of County Fermanagh.

Mr. White pleaded guilty to the charge of polluting discharge to a waterway and received a fine of £750, he was also ordered to pay costs for fish of £885.

The other farmer, Mr. McBride, pleaded guilty as well and himself received two fines. One fine of £750 and a fine for fish costs of £402.

The pollution was noticed by water quality inspectors in the area in July 2015. They noticed that the local Ballinmallard river had strong odours of effluent coing from it, and the polluted waters were coming from a nearby concrete pipe.
The discharge was then tracked back to the farm of Mr. White and Mr. Mc Brride, who were then charged of the offences.

It was also noted by Water qualioty inspectors that almost 190 brown trout had been killed because of the pollution.

Water samples take confirmed poisonous and noxious matter which resulted in the death of the fish. These matters were traced back to effluent from both farms.

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