Northern Ireland

Arrests in fuel laundering raids in Belfast, Lurgan and Coalisland

Two men and woman from Belfast have been arrested following raids on several properties connected with a suspected fuel laundering business.

Customs officials and police raided three houses in the city on Thursday, removing computers and business records.

They also closed down and dismantled two illegal filling stations in Belfast and Lurgan.

Forecourt pumps, equipment and 2,200 litres of illicit fuel were seized.

In an unconnected case, a man from County Tyrone man was arrested following the discovery of a diesel laundering plant in Coalisland.

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) said the plant, hidden in a shed at a private property, was capable of producing 1.4m litres of illicit fuel a year.

Over two tonnes of toxic waste, 3,000 litres of illicit fuel, pumps and equipment were removed from the Coalisland site.

The man has since been released from custody pending further enquiries.