Northern Ireland

Diesel laundering plant uncovered in Silverbridge

A man has been arrested following the discovery of a diesel laundering plant in south Armagh.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and police officers uncovered the plant during searches of a property in the Silverbridge area on Tuesday.

More than 20,000 litres of illicit fuel and seven tonnes of toxic waste were seized as well as a fuel tanker and equipment.

The man was questioned by HRMC and later released on bail.

John Whiting of HMRC said: "Every illegal laundering operation has significant environmental and safety issues.

"These operations typically generate tonnes of toxic waste, which is often dumped indiscriminately in the countryside.

"So as taxpayers and local ratepayers not only are we missing out on the tax, which is going into the pockets of the criminals, we are also paying the substantial clean-up and disposal costs.

"Buying illicit fuel not only funds crime but supports and encourages these dangerous activities within our communities."

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