Raid on £9m fuel fraud plant in Meigh

Published Friday, 15 August 2014
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A man from south Armagh has been released on bail after he was arrested following the discovery of an illegal fuel plant in Meigh.

Raid on £9m fuel fraud plant in Meigh
The plant was capable of evading £9m in tax. (© HMRC)

The plant - capable of producing nearly 13 million litres of illicit fuel a year and evading £9m tax - was raided by customs officers and police on Thursday.

Three thousand litres of fuel, equipment and two vehicles were seized. Teams also removed 15 tonnes of toxic waste from the site.

Mike Parkinson, HMRC, said a large amount of illicit fuel has been prevented from entering the market, preventing more revenue loss and "helping law-abiding traders fight unfair competition".

He continued: "We have also safely removed toxic waste which can cause untold damage to the environment and local landscape.

"These are difficult times for businesses economically and it is impossible for legitimate traders to compete on an unfair playing field. We owe it to them to support them in any way we can.

"The man from south Armagh has been released on bail and investigations are continuing."

Anyone with information on fuel fraud has been asked to get in touch with HMRC by contacting the Customs Hotline on 0800 59 5000.

© UTV News
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john in meigh wrote (30 days ago):
far too many get away with this activity toxic waste takes thousands of pounds to clear up while the scum that dump it don't care what its polluting as they are resting up in big houses while choosing which car to drive to the shop sickens my backside
Farmer Rat in Belfast wrote (33 days ago):
So basically what happened was the fuel launderers made a fortune, called HMRC to come clean up their mess because they're to lazy to do it themselves and no one gets prosecuted, result.
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