Belfast Telegraph

Man held after fuel-laundering raid

A man has been arrested after a diesel-laundering plant capable of evading almost £1 million of revenue a year was discovered in Co Tyrone, it has been revealed.

Revenue and Customs officials seized 10,000 litres of laundered green diesel (Irish rebated agricultural fuel), vehicles, storage tanks and equipment following a raid at a house in Clonmore.

More than 1,000 litres of toxic waste were removed as part of the clean-up.

Mike Connolly, HMRC assistant director in charge of specialist investigations, said: "Fuel laundering is unregulated and dangerous. The by-products from the laundering process can cause severe damage to the environment, with taxpayers and local ratepayers having to pay for the clean-up and disposal costs.

"This contaminated fuel could have been transported anywhere across Northern Ireland, endangering other road users."

The arrested man was released on bail as investigations continue.

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