Fuel fraud probe at filling stations

Published Friday, 22 February 2013
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Customs officers have seized nearly 7,000 litres of fuel and six forecourt pumps at filling stations in Co Antrim and Co Armagh.

Fuel fraud probe at filling stations
Customs officers carry out a raid on a filling station on Thursday. (© HMRC)

The fuel was recovered as part of an operation targeting fraud by HM Revenue & Customs on Thursday.

HMRC officers visited two retail sites in Newtownabbey and Lurgan where they seized 6,500 litres of red diesel and removed four forecourt pumps.

Officers removed two diesel forecourt pumps and an over ground fuel storage tank from a third retail site, suspected to be selling laundered fuel, in the Glarryford area.

Three private vehicles were seized and restored during the operation.

John Whiting, assistant director, Criminal Investigation, HMRC, said: "Retailers who knowingly sell red diesel to road users will not only face seizure and removal of fuel and equipment from their premises, but also risk losing their licence to trade in red diesel.

"Selling illicit fuel creates an unfair playing field and seriously undercuts legitimate traders who should be able to operate without the threat of unfair competition.

"Anyone with information on fuel misuse or suspicious activities can contact the Customs' hotline on 0800 59 5000."

© UTV News
Comments Comments
Erc in Belfast wrote (703 days ago):
Please name the filling stations. I would like to know if i filled up at one.
John in Newtownabbey wrote (705 days ago):
With all these seizures why is no one ever brought to court?
Paul in Belfast wrote (705 days ago):
Heres a thought how about the greedy goverment lowering the tax on fuel Giving people no reason to use red or laundered fuel After all we the public in Northern Ireland pay the highest prices in Europe while being the lowest paid in the UK Hardly rocket sicence Taxed to death in everything we buy
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