Toxic waste taken from Armagh fuel laundering site

Pumps and equipment were removed from the site Pumps and equipment were removed from the site

More than six tonnes of toxic waste have been removed from a diesel laundering plant in County Armagh, HM Revenue & Customs has said.

The site in Cullyhanna, which was raided on Tuesday, was capable of producing five million litres of illicit fuel, evading £4m in taxes.

The plant was dismantled after several sheds were searched.

Pat Curtis, HMRC national oils co-ordinator, said such sites generate tonnes of toxic waste.

"As taxpayers and local ratepayers, not only are we missing out on the stolen tax going into the pockets of the criminals, we are also paying the substantial clean up and disposal costs," he said.

"Buying illicit fuel funds crime and supports and encourages these dangerous activities within our communities."

Pumps and equipment were removed from the site and investigations into those behind the operation are continuing, HM Revenue & Customs said.

More Northern Ireland stories

RSS

Features & Analysis

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • getawayDigital detox

    If you can’t shake your device addiction on your own, there’s a getaway for you

Programmes

  • Evan Blass (known as evLeaks on Twitter)Click

    One of the world's top technology leakers - Evan Blass - explains how he gathers his secrets

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.