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Suspended sentences given for illegal Lough Foyle sea defences

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Gregory Allen (43) of Seacoast Road, Bellarena, Limavady and David McCullough (68) of Old Antrim Road, Ballymena were each given suspended sentences at Limavady Magistrates’ Court today.

The sentences were for breaches of waste and marine legislation.

The offences related to the unauthorised construction of sea defences, using approximately 20,000 waste tyres, (which were either buried or resting adjacent to the shoreline of Lough Foyle) at a site owned by Mr Allen, and rented by Mr McCullough, at Seacoast Road, Bellarena.

The site, visited on 19 March 2014 by officers of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA), did not have a licence from the Department of the Environment to keep controlled waste or use any materials as sea defences.

A formal notice to remove the waste sent to Mr Allen was not complied with.

Gregory Allen pleaded guilty to two waste charges under The Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997 and one marine charge under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009, for which he was given a four month prison sentence, suspended for two years, on each charge.

David McCullough pleaded guilty to one waste charge under The Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997 and one marine charge under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009, for which he was given a four month prison sentence, suspended for two years, on each charge.

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