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Aughnacloy waste spill – driver identified

Police have identified the driver of the lorry which spilled its load on to the streets of Aughnacloy in recent days.

On Thursday, August 30, the residents of Moore Street arose to be greeted by a very messy scene as the street was covered with foul smelling waste.

CCTV footage which emerged of the incident shows a lorry carrying the dairy by-product having to perform an emergency stop after the car in front braked suddenly.

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This motion caused the substance to overflow out of the vehicle’s container and onto the Aughnacloy street.

A spokesperson for the PSNI said, “Police have identified the driver of the lorry and enquiries are ongoing in relation to the incident.”

Originally, the substance was concentrated on the middle of the road, but due to heavy volumes of traffic driving through the border town, it later spread to nearby cars and buildings, creating quite a mess.

The clean-up operation was a combined effort between the Department for Infrastructure (DFI) and the Mid Ulster Council.
Although the exact cost of the cleaning procedure has yet to be determined, a spokesperson for the DFI said, “It is estimated that the total cost to the department will be in the region of £1,200 – £1,500.”

Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) also visited the scene on the morning of the incident and determined the substance posed no risk to the water quality in the area.

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