Sentences over unauthorised sea defences, Lough Foyle

Some of the tyres used in the unlawful sea defences constructed along a portion of the banks of Lough Foyle
Some of the tyres used in the unlawful sea defences constructed along a portion of the banks of Lough Foyle
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Two men have received suspended jail sentences relating to their involvement in the unauthorised construction of sea defences at Lough Foyle, which a court has heard involved using approximately 20,000 waste tyres.

Gregory Allen, 43, of Seacoast Road, Bellarena, Limavady, and David McCullough, 68, of Old Antrim Road, Ballymena, were each given four-month prison sentences, suspended for two years, at Limavady Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

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, above, visited on March 19, 2014 by officers of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA), did not have a licence 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.

District Judge Liam McNally told both defendants they were very serious offences and they had come as close as anyone to a custodial sentence for this type of offence.