Northern Ireland Water has been fined £5,000 for pollution of a river in Co Antrim.

A discharge of untreated sewage into the Crumlin River, a tributary of Lough Neagh on 1 April 2007 was traced to a pumping station, a court heard.

NIW was also ordered to pay court and analytical costs of almost £200 at Antrim Magistrates Court.

The company pleaded guilty to the pollution charges.

On 1 April last year an Inspector, acting on behalf of the Environment and Heritage Service, investigated a pollution incident affecting the Crumlin River.

He traced the polluting discharge to Crumlin terminal sewage pumping station where the court heard he found there was a discharge of untreated sewage overflowing to the river.