Man held over Co Tyrone huckster site

Published Thursday, 08 November 2012
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A man has been arrested after customs officials dismantled a huckster site and fuel laundering plant in Co Tyrone capable of producing 14,000 litres of illegal fuel per week.

Man held over Co Tyrone huckster site
The fuel laundering plant found at a Co Tyrone residence. (© HMRC)

The plant, which was costing the tax payer £10,000 a week, was discovered at the rear of a private residence in the Pomeroy area after HMRC and PSNI conducted searches on Wednesday.

Officers found the laundering plant in a shed, while in a second shed an illegal filling station or huckster site was discovered.

The man who was arrested is from the Co Tyrone area.

Customs officials from France and Slovenia who were visiting HMRC in Northern Ireland to learn about the work that officers do to combat this type of fraud, and to share technical knowledge and expertise also accompanied officers at the site.

Pat Curtis, National Oils Co-ordinator, HMRC, said: "Buying illicit fuel not only funds crime but supports and encourages these dangerous activities within our communities. The only winners are the criminals who are profiting at the expense of honest businesses. They are endangering the future viability of our legitimate fuel retail service.

"We continue to work closely with our colleagues in the Organised Crime Task Force (OCTF), to stop the damage this criminal activity causes, and we would encourage anyone with information about activity they suspect may be linked to fuel fraud to contact our Customs Hotline on 0800 59 5000."

Bojan Kolar, Customs Investigations Officer with the Customs Administration of the Republic of Slovenia, added: "We are aware of some fuel fraud in Slovenia and it's been very educational to see the type of work done here."

Investigations are continuing.

© UTV News
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