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Three arrested after HMRC raid THREE MEN from counties Antrim

1st August 2013, Page 7
1st August 2013
Page 7
Page 7, 1st August 2013 — Three arrested after HMRC raid THREE MEN from counties Antrim
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and Londonderry have been arrested following a raid by the HMRC in which a mobile fuel laundering plant was seized.

Officers from HMRC, assisted by the Police Service of Northern Ireland, carried out searches at a commercial yard in County Antrim, where they uncovered a plant capable of producing 43 million litres of illicit fuel a year. They removed two large tanks chained to the inside of a trailer along with pumps and equipment used in the laundering process.

Almost two and a half tonnes of toxic waste and 4,000 litres of red diesel were also recovered after searches of sheds in the yard. The three men were questioned by HMRC and have been released on bail. Investigations are continuing.

John Whiting, assistant director, criminal investigation at HMRC, said: "Fuel tankers are designed to transport fuel safely. These tanks carrying diesel were simply chained to the trailer, showing a total disregard for other road users and posing an enormous public safety risk.

"Buying illicit fuel not only funds crime, but also supports and encourages these dangerous activities within our communities."

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