22 laundering plants shut in one year

Published Friday, 28 December 2012
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Twenty two fuel laundering plants were shut down and dismantled in Northern Ireland this year which were capable of depriving the Inland Revenue of £68 million in taxes.

22 laundering plants shut in one year
A fuel plant dismantled in south Armagh earlier this year. (© HMRC)

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs officials seized 94,000 litres of toxic sludge dumped by criminals in the region in 2012. This was enough to fill 500 domestic wheelie bins.

An estimated £1.13m in public funding is spent annually disposing of the waste.

Senior revenue officials are warning there would be no let-up in 2013 in the crackdown against the criminal gangs involved, mostly located in the border regions.

Pat Curtis, national oils co-ordinator for HMRC, said: "Laundered fuel is sold at a reduced price and motorists may think they are getting a good deal because it is cheaper.

"But I would caution them to think again as the true cost is far from a bargain for anyone.

"We will continue to carry out raids and roadside checks to detect those attempting to smuggle, launder, sell or use illicit fuel. We are all losing out."


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get tough in Newry wrote (763 days ago):
I see there is no mention of any arrests for an issue which is one of the worst blights on our countryside that anyone can ever imagine. These criminals dump this waste outside our schools and churches etc with no care or consideration to anyone. I say HMRC you need to get tougher, closing these laundering plants is simply not enough, you need to catch those that are responsible!
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