Northern Ireland

Illegal filling station dismantled in Ballymena


An illegal filling station has been dismantled in the Ballymena area.

Customs and police officers raided the site on Tuesday evening. Two men and a woman were arrested.

Nearly 10,000 litres of suspected illicit fuel, vehicles, pumps, tanks and equipment along with over £30,000 in cash were removed from the site.

Officers also seized a 40ft lorry containing two 15,000 litre fuel tanks, secured by canvas straps, as part of the operation.

Customs' John Whiting said: "The fact that this 40ft lorry contained two large fuel tanks secured only by a few canvas straps shows a total disregard for the safety of other road users."