Devon

Van laundering diesel seized by HMRC in Chudleigh

Van laundering diesel
Image caption Laundered fuel is normally red diesel filtered through chemicals or acids to remove the government marker

A transit van used for laundering diesel, near Chudleigh, Devon, "showed a total disregard for public safety".

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) said the van, containing storage tanks, cat litter for filtering and a pump for laundering red diesel was "unsafe".

HMRC said the mobile plant was capable of producing 75,000 litres of fuel a year with a loss £52,000 in unpaid tax.

Officers found a 25 litre drum of red diesel and a second drum containing fuel with the red dye removed.

Bob Gaiger, Devon spokesman for HMRC, said it took the dangerous and illegal practice of laundering, storing and selling illicit fuel, "very seriously".

"The fuels stored and sold from this van were unsafe and the dangers they pose to anyone in the vicinity show a total disregard for public safety," he added.

Laundered fuel is normally red diesel which has been filtered through chemicals or acids to remove the government marker.

The chemicals and acids remain in the fuel and damage fuel pumps in diesel cars.

"Any motorist using illegal road fuel runs the risk of damaging their engine and having their vehicles seized," Mr Gaiger added.

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