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Anti-goldmine protester arrested near Dalradian mine

Anti-goldmine protester Cormac McAleer chained himself to one of the Dalradian drill rigs last weekend
Connla Young

AN anti-goldmine protester who chained himself to a drill rig in Co Tyrone last weekend has been arrested after another incident yesterday afternoon.

Cormac McAleer was detained close to the proposed mine near Omagh.

It is understood his car and a waste lorry, which was travelling in the opposite direction, met on a small country road near Rouskey and neither was able to pass.

Local sources say the lorry was making its way from the goldmine site.

The arrest comes after Mr McAleer chained himself to a drill rig at the site last weekend.

He is a vocal opponent of the controversial mine plan.

Canadian-owned firm Dalradian Gold wants to open a mine and associated plant that will use cyanide to extract the precious metal from locally mined ore.

Anti-goldmine protester Cormac McAleer chained himself to one of the Dalradian drill rigs on Saturday. Picture by Jason McCartan

Some local people are opposed on environmental and health grounds but Dalradian insists the process is safe.

After chaining himself to the rig last weekend Mr McAleer said: "If the authorities aren't going to do anything, then we have to.

“I attached myself to the drill rig with chains and a padlock so that it would cause a halt to the activity.”

He said he intended to continue his protest.

A spokesman for the PSNI last night said “a man was arrested on suspicion of obstructing a highway and resisting police following an incident at Camcosy Road, Gortin, on Wednesday".

“The man is currently in custody assisting officers with their enquiries."

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