Farmer convicted at Newry court

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Thursday, May 11th, 2017
Newry CourthouseWilliam Morton of Ballyards Road, Armagh has pleaded guilty at Newry Court on 21st April 2017 to two offences under the Water and Sewerage Services (NI) Order 2006, of connecting to a public water main without consent and tampering with a water meter. NI Water attended the farm on 27 May 2016 and found an illegal connection used by Mr Morton to supply unmeasured mains water to the property.
  It is an offence to connect to the water or sewerage network without the consent of NI Water. This is not a ‘victimless crime’. It has the potential to contaminate water supplies or lead to pollution incidents.
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25th March 2017NI Water takes any interference with its network and meter tampering very seriously and seeks to bring the perpetrators to court when identified. NI Water will also seek to back bill perpetrators for up to six years’ water charges.
  Morton was fined £800 on each offence with an offender’s levy fee of £15 and £37 court costs.
  In addition, the Court imposed a compensation order of £12,834.19, as well as Legal Costs of £900.00.
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25th March 2017 Box AdvertNI Water appealed to the public to be vigilant. If you are aware of anyone who has or is making an illegal connection to the water or sewerage network, report this to NI Water’s dedicated Waterline on 03457 440088, they advised.  
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