Woman Held In Fuel Plant Raid

A woman has been arrested after a laundering plant capable of producing nearly 3.6 million litres of illicit fuel a year was discovered by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) during a search of domestic premises in Co Armagh.

HMRC officers, accompanied by the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the Environmental Crime Unit from the Department of Environment, safely removed four tonnes of toxic waste from the site and seized plant machinery earlier this month.

The plant’s potential output meant that more than £2 million would be lost in duty and taxes over a 12-month period.

Mike Parkinson, assistant director, Criminal Investigation, HMRC said: “The closure of this operation means we have stopped a large amount of illicit fuel entering the legitimate market, preventing further revenue loss and helping law-abiding traders fight unfair competition.”