Tyrone farmer fined £350 for ‘grossly polluting’ river with ‘poisonous matter’ harmful to fish


A county Tyrone farmer has pleaded guilty to a pollution offence that caused a river to become “grossly polluted” with “poisonous matter” that could have harmed fish at Omagh Magistrates Court on Friday.

Mr Mervyn Davis from Dooish Road, Dromore, was fined £350 plus a £15 offender’s levy for making a polluting discharge to a waterway.

Department of the Environment said that on 5 March this year, Water Quality Inspectors, acting for Northern Ireland Environment Agency inspected a waterway at Owenreagh Road, Dromore and observed it to be grossly polluted with a substantial growth of sewage fungus.

The polluting discharge was then traced to farm premises owned by Mr Davis.

The length of waterway impacted by the discharge was approximately 700 metres.

A sample taken at the time of the incident confirmed that the discharge contained poisonous, noxious or polluting matter which was potentially harmful to fish life in the receiving waterway.

Anyone wishing to report a pollution incident can call the 24 hour Water Pollution Hotline on 0800 80 70 60.