Northern Ireland

Farmer Martin Hamilton fined for polluting River Enler

Martin Hamilton
Image caption Martin Hamilton has a number of previous convictions for polluting the River Enler

A County Down farmer has been fined £3,000 for polluting a river.

Martin Hamilton of Ballyrainey Road in Comber, was convicted in connection with pollution of the River Enler in February last year.

A court in Newtownards was told that one of two incidents of pollution left the river "grossly polluted", while a second incident days later caused "serious pollution".

Hamilton was fined £1,500 on each count.

The judge said he accepted Hamilton had installed a £500,000 treatment system and had "done his best" to avoid pollution despite bad weather at the time.

Hamilton has a number of previous convictions linked to pollution of the same river since 2010.

Image caption The judge accepted Hamilton had "done his best" to avoid polluting the river

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