Northern Ireland

1,200 litres of toxic sludge found in County Louth

Trailer abandoned Image copyright Ciara Wilkinson
Image caption The trailer was abandoned in motorway lay-by

A trailer holding close to 1,200 litres of toxic sludge has been found in a County Louth motorway lay-by close to the border with Northern Ireland.

The sludge is the by-product of illegal diesel laundering.

It is in large plastic cubes in the trailer that was left near the Jonesboro exit from the M1/N1 motorway.

Louth County Council said the trailer was holding 11 1,000-litre cubes and four barrels each containing just over 200 litres.

No leaks have been reported and the trailer is being removed by specialist contractors later.

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