Thousands of litres of suspected laundered diesel is seized

A FLAT bed lorry, containing thousands of litres of suspected laundered diesel, was seized by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in an operation over the weekend near Banbridge.

HMRC stopped the vehicle on the A1 on Saturday. Following a search of the vehicle, officers found a concealed tank built into the chassis of the lorry. The tank contained 3,000 litres fuel believed to be laundered green diesel.

John Whiting, Assistant Director, Criminal Investigation, HMRC, said: “Those involved in the transportation of illicit fuel care nothing for the safety of other road users.

“The fact that this vehicle had been adapted to conceal a large fuel tank shows a total disregard for public safety and the safety of other road users.

“HMRC takes very seriously the unfair and illegal practice of selling illicit fuel and we would encourage anyone with information about this type of activity to contact us on our Custom’s Hotline 0800 59 5000.”

A 55 year-old man from the Newtownhamilton area was arrested and interviewed in connection with the find and has been released on bail pending further investigation. The lorry and fuel were seized.