Illegal fuel plant raided in Tyrone


An illegal fuel laundering plant in Tyrone has been dismantled by officers from HM Revenue and Customs.

The discovery was made at a private address in the Omagh area and one man is helping investigators with their inquiries.

The plant had the capacity to produce 3.6million litres of illicit fuel – evading around £2.5m each year in taxes.

Officers also removed over four tonnes of toxic waste from the site last Friday.

Pat Curtis, national oils coordinator at HMRC, said: “Every illegal laundering operation typically generates tonnes of toxic waste, involving significant safety and environmental issues. As taxpayers and local ratepayers, not only are we missing out on the stolen tax that ends up in the pockets of the criminals, we are also paying the substantial clean-up and disposal costs.”

Mr Curtis added: “It is wrong that honest businesses should be undercut by criminals and those involved in making or selling laundered fuel. If anyone has information about fuel fraud, we would encourage them to contact the Customs hotline on 0800 59 5000.”