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Co Armagh illegal fuel plant dismantled

A fuel laundering plant in Co Armagh was dismantled.

Over 20 tonnes of toxic waste have been removed from a farm in Co Armagh following the discovery of an illegal diesel laundering plant.

Monday, 10 December 2012
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The set-up was capable of producing nearly 11 million litres of illegal fuel, costing the public purse £7m in taxes and duty each year.

It was dismantled by HM Revenue & Customs officers and PSNI officers after they searched outbuildings at a private premises in the Cullyhanna area on Friday.

Pat Curtis, HMRC National Oils Co-ordinator, said: "Every illegal laundering operation typically generates tonnes of toxic waste, which involves significant environmental and safety issues.

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

"Buying illicit fuel funds crime and supports and encourages these dangerous activities within our communities. The only winners are the criminals.

"I would urge anyone with information on fuel misuse in their area to contact our free telephone hotline 0800 59 5000 and contribute to the fight against this criminality."

Pumps, tanks and equipment were removed from the site and investigations are continuing.