Man arrested in fuel plant raid released on bail

August 18, 2014

A man arrested after HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), accompanied by police, discovered an illegal fuel plant in Meigh last Thursday has been released on bail.

15 tonnes of toxic waste was removed from the site and 3,000 litres of fuel was also seized.

According to a HMRC spokesperson, the laundering operation was capable of producing nearly 13m litres of illicit fuel a year, and evading over £9m in duty and taxes.

Mike Parkinson, HMRC’s criminal investigation assistant director said,

“We have stopped a large amount of illicit fuel entering the legitimate market, preventing further revenue loss and helping law-abiding traders fight unfair competition.

“We have also safely removed toxic waste which can cause untold damage to the environment and local landscape.

Mr Parkinson added: “Buying illicit fuel not only funds crime, it also supports and encourages these dangerous activities within our communities.”