Customs officers raid fuel laundering plants

Customs officers and members of the the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) have carried out searches of six domestic addresses in counties Antrim, Armagh and Down in a crackdown on fuel laundering.

Storage tanks, equipment, 55,000 litres of fuel, a quantity of cash, computers, business records, a lorry and a trailer were seized during the operation. Seven men have been released on bail and investigations continue.

The men arrested comprise: three men, aged 34, 54 and 72, from Merseyside; one man, age 37, from Manchester; one man, age 56, from County Down; one man, age 47, from County Antrim; and two men, aged 37 and 45, from County Armagh.