Manchester

'Largest' stolen fuel haul seized in Greater Manchester

The largest ever haul of suspected stolen petrol in Greater Manchester has been seized by police in Oldham.

Officers recovered 1,600 litres (350 gallons) of petrol and diesel in 25 litre (5.5-gallon) containers stashed in a garage and garden shed.

Police also found £30,000 in cash at the house on Mark Lane in Shaw.

A 51-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of theft and money laundering and remains in custody for questioning.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service assessed the discovery and said it was the largest amount of suspected stolen fuel, being illegally stored in a property, found in the region.

Ch Supt Catherine Hankinson, divisional commander for Oldham, said: "This is an incredible find.

"Given the location of the property and the way it was being recklessly stored in chemical containers in a garden shed and garage, if there had been a fire then it is no exaggeration to say the entire area could have exploded and put people's lives in serious jeopardy."

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