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More than 20 illegal fuel-laundering plants shut in smuggler crackdown

Deric Henderson

Published 28/12/2012 | 09:39

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CUSTOMS officers dismantled and shut 22 fuel laundering plants in the North this year which were capable of depriving the British taxman of £68m (€83m) in taxes, it was revealed today.

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The 94,000 litres of toxic sludge dumped by criminals involved in the illegal operations was enough to fill 500 domestic wheelie bins, according to Revenue staff.



It costs an estimated £1.13m in public funding to dispose of the waste.



New details were disclosed as senior officials warned there would be no let-up in 2013 in the crackdown against the gangs involved, mostly in the border regions.



Pat Curtis, national oils co-ordinator for Her Majesty’s Revenue Commissioners, said: "Laundered fuel is sold at a reduced price and motorists may think they are getting a good deal because it is cheaper. But I would caution them to think again as the true cost is far from a bargain for anyone.



"We will continue to carry out raids and roadside checks to detect those attempting to smuggle, launder, sell or use illicit fuel. We are all losing out."

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