Northern Ireland

Lisburn farmer Noel Adams fined over slurry pollution

A farmer who caused pig slurry to pollute a river has been fined £400 at Lisburn Magistrates' Court.

Noel Adams, of Braniel Road, Lisburn, was fined after a water inspector discovered the Braniel River at Braniel Road to be "grossly polluted".

The slurry was leaking across the road and into the waterway from a hose used to pump it from a farm owned by Mr Adams to fields near Braniel Road.

He was also ordered to pay £19 court costs.

A sample taken at the time of the incident, in April 2010, confirmed that the discharge contained "poisonous, noxious or polluting matter" which was potentially harmful to fish life in the river.