Serial waste offender gets 200 hours community service

Ian Thompson, who has a string of previous convictions to his name, was prosecuted after a ditch of waste was uncovered spanning an area the size of four football pitches

The waste covered an area equivalent to four football pitches. Photograph: DAERAA repeat waste offender has been given 200 hours community service for three offences involving his illegal fuel-laundering plant.

Ian Thompson pleaded guilty to the offences at Antrim Crown Court on 25 September. He was ordered to carry out 200 hours community service on each of the three accounts but these sentences will run concurrently.

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