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Quarry owners back calls for filling to go ahead
THE owners of Strabane quarry have backed calls for it to be filled in following the tragic death of Rhys Jack.
Rhys (17) drowned while swimming with friends at the quarry last Monday. Hundreds of mourners formed a guard of honour ahead of the teenager’s funeral at Melmount church on Friday.
In the days after the accident, community worker Jeff Barr called for the disused waterhole to be drained and filled in as a matter of urgency. Now the Thompson family, owners of gravel company Supermix, say they too would like to see the quarry filled in. The family last week sent their deepest sympathies to the parents of Rhys Jack and have since moved to increase security at the quarry.
Speaking this week, Gordon Thomspon, son of businessman Elvin Thompson, revealed that Strabane quarry currently lies in the flight path of the new A5 road and has already been earmarked for filling by the Department of Regional Development (DRD).