HMRC raid three fuel laundering plants

Published Thursday, 20 February 2014
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Three fuel laundering plants, capable of producing £18m worth of illegal fuel per year, have been uncovered by HM Revenue and Customs in South Armagh.

HMRC raid three fuel laundering plants
Customs officers carried out searches in south Armagh on Thursday. (© UTV)

Between them, the three plants had the potential to produce 26 million litres of illicit, evading millions in revenue.

Two plants were found during a search of residential properties in the Cullaville area on Thursday carried out by HMRC and PSNI officers.

The third laundering plant was discovered hidden in an agricultural shed nearby.

Over 50 tonnes of toxic waste were also removed.

Pat Curtis, National Oils Coordinator, HMRC, said: "Every illegal laundering operation typically generates tonnes of toxic waste, creating significant safety and environmental issues.

"As taxpayers and local ratepayers, not only are we missing out on the stolen tax that ends up in the pockets of the criminals, we are also paying the substantial clean-up and disposal costs.

"It is wrong that honest businesses should be undercut by criminals and those involved in making or selling laundered fuel.

"Buying illicit fuel not only funds crime, it supports and encourages these dangerous activities within our communities. If anyone has information about fuel fraud we would encourage them to contact the Customs Hotline on 0800 59 5000."

In a separate incident on Wednesday, three filling stations suspected of selling illicit fuel were raided by HMRC and 2,300 litres of fuel were seized.

HMRC officers tested the fuel in the forecourt tanks and all three stations are believed to be selling illicit fuel. Tests on the fuel seized are ongoing.

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4 Comments
David in BELFAST wrote (240 days ago):
We're the fuel tax capital of Europe: British motorists pay up to 60% duty and VAT on petrol - the highest figure in the EU Without tax duties prices for unleaded petrol would cost 52.8p And diesel would be more manageable at 59.8p Its no wonder that these fuel laundering places exist when the government is so greedy in demanding we pay more for our fuel that any other EU country. Its time this government got a grip and reduced the price of petrol and diesel at the pumps now.
in South Down wrote (242 days ago):
Why can we not do away with red diesel let the farmers claim back for the amount they use. Benefits Cuts down laundering Stops cars going on red diesel saving to the tax payers ( warrenpoint south down is full of cars running on red diesel ) Farmers can only claim for what they use because they are abusing system It is the honest motorist who is paying for these people . Stop it now!!!!!
Davy in Dungannon wrote (242 days ago):
Its no wonder these plants exist, its the governments fault that this goes on, the price of diesel at the pump is outragerous,
John in Newtownabbey wrote (242 days ago):
Why don't they name the suspect stations. The public have a right to know, especially the unsuspecting customers who pay full whack for dodgy diesel and don't know about it until their turbo's fail at a cost sometimes greater than the value of their cars.
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