Man fined for £1k burning car tyres

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A Co Tyrone man has been fined £1,000 after being convicted of burning car tyres on the shores of Lough Neagh.

At Craigavon Magistrates’ Court today, Sean Damien Thompson, 59, of Maghery Road, Dungannon was fined and ordered to pay an offender levy of £15, in addition to court costs of £32, for breaches of waste management legislation.

In April 2017, officers from Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council observed a white van belonging to Mr Thompson being loaded with approximately 200 tyres at an abandoned tyre centre in Annesborough Industrial Park, Lurgan. The officers followed the van to a site off Maghery Road in Portadown, where the tyres were unloaded on an area of previous burning. A subsequent visit found the tyres were reduced to smouldering ash.

In May 2017, officers from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency visited the site off the Maghery Road to assess the extent and impact of the burning. There were tyres burning on site again, with multiple areas of burning within one metre of the shore of Lough Neagh. The site was also home to a number of pairs of nesting swans.

Mr Thompson was convicted of one charge of depositing waste under Article 4(1)(a) of The Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997.