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Man held after fuel plant raid

A man was arrested after the discovery of a fuel laundering plant and illegal filling station in Co Tyrone, customs officials have said.

The plant, capable of producing 14,000 litres of illicit fuel a week, evading £10,000 in duty, was found in the Pomeroy area.

Officers from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) assisted by the PSNI carried out searches at a private residence on Wednesday.

In one shed at the back of the property HMRC found and dismantled a laundering plant. Pumps and other equipment believed to have been used to sell illicit fuel at a reduced price were removed for examination.

Pat Curtis, national oils co-ordinator with HMRC, said: “Buying illicit fuel not only funds crime but supports and encourages these dangerous activities within our communities. The only winners are the criminals.”

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