More diesel laundering sites discovered

Two men from Great Yarmouth were arrested last week after HMRC dismantled a diesel laundering plant, capable of evading over £1.3 million in duty and taxes a year.

Storage tanks, equipment, 1,500 litres of suspected laundered fuel and 4,000 litres of red diesel were seized during the operation. The men aged 40 and 30 have been released on bail and investigations are continuing.

In Northern Ireland a 43-year-old man was also arrested at private premises in the Ardboe area where a laundering plant capable of producing over one million litres of illicit fuel a year, evading over £700,000 in lost duty and taxes was uncovered in a shed. A transit van and nearly four tonnes of toxic waste – the by-product of the laundering process – were removed from the site.

Each year £480 million is lost to fuel fraud in the UK – anyone with information about this type of activity should contact HMRC on the Customs’ Hotline on 0800 59 5000.

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