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Aughnacloy spill driver identified

A parked car covered in whey after last week's spill in Aughnacloy in Co Tyrone
Connla Young

THE driver of a lorry believed to have been involved in a food waste spill in a Co Tyrone village has been identified.

A massive clear-up operation was needed after a thick layer of the “pungent” waste was splattered across cars and property in Aughnacloy early last Thursday.

Agriculture officials later said it was understood the substance was whey, a dairy by-product often used as a feed supplement for pigs.

One local politician described the smell in the area as “horrendous”.

Mystery initially surrounded how the paste-like material came to be on the busy main street through the border village on the Derry-Dublin road.

Video footage later emerged online which appeared to show a car stopping suddenly in front of a lorry and the contents of a trailer spilling onto a road.

A spokesman for the PSNI last night said: “Police have identified the driver of the lorry.

“Enquiries are ongoing in relation to the incident.”

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