Martin Hamilton
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Farmer sorry for major fish kill at County Down river

A farmer has said he is deeply sorry that his business was responsible for a major fish kill in a County Down river.

Martin Hamilton said water used for washing crops on his land had leaked into the Enler River, near Comber.

He estimated about 25 tonnes, or 25,000 litres of the dirty water, which kills the oxygen in the river, left the farm.

Local people estimate thousands of fish had died. The Department of the Environment (DoE) said it was a water pollution incident of "high severity".

Mr Hamilton was speaking to BBC Newsline's Kevin Sharkey.

  • 22 Aug 2013