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CCTV call to tackle illegal dumping at Altmore

Cllr Mickey Gillespie inspects the illegal dumping at Altmore.

Calls have been made for the installation of CCTV to combat widespread illegal dumping at a Co Tyrone beauty spot.

A dead calf and a haul of tyres are just the latest examples of a long-standing problem at Altmore between Cappagh and Pomeroy, says local councillor Mickey Gillespie.

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The gruesome discovery of the calf was made last week, on land belonging to the Forestry Service in the Altmore Forest area.

The Sinn Féin councillor expressed fears that such reckless acts could pose a risk to nearby waterways.

Cllr Gillespie also hit out at the large haul of tyres dumped on lands belonging to NI Water.

Other household rubbish has also been dumped in the area.

Both cases have been reported to the Environmental Health Department at the Mid Ulster Council, who in turn have alerted both NI Water and the Forestry Service.

It’s understood both bodies will likely end up footing the bill for removing the waste.

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Cllr Gillespie said it’s now time for security to be stepped up at the site. He has called for the installation of CCTV to deter the illegal activity.

“It’s an area of natural beauty and for these people to come here to dump all this stuff, it’s an absolute disgrace.”

The councillor said some of the material being dumped is included in a list of items which the council will collect for free.

“It’s something that shouldn’t be happening in this day and age. It’s an area of natural beauty. There is forestry ground and walks people use.

“What I am going to be pushing for is for the Mid Ulster District Council, NI Water and the Forestry Service to work to get cameras up here to catch these culprits.”

Cllr Gillespie said that Cappagh Village Regeneration Group has been working with the council to develop plans to make the area a hub for sport and leisure.

“But this is setting all that work back. It’s disgusting,” he said.

“It’s disgusting” – Cllr Mickey Gillespie.

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