Customs dismantle illicit fuel plant in Ayrshire


A bio-diesel production plant has been dismantled by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) following an operation in Kilmarnock.

HMRC officers raided two storage facilities in Kilmarnock and Fenwick, where they uncovered the plants, last Friday (24 February).

During the searches officers seized over 3,600 litres of illicit fuel, 600 litres of methanol, pumps, equipment and business records. One vehicle was seized and restored on payment of £560.

Graeme Anderson, Assistant Director, HMRC Specialist Investigations, said: “Illegal bio-diesel sites and those involved are creating a cheap and unregulated supply that honest producers cannot compete with.  They rob taxpayers of millions each year in unpaid duty and VAT, funds that could be used for essential services in our communities.

“Before buying cheap fuel motorists need to consider the real costs – although you may think you are getting a bargain, you really have no idea what you are paying for.  Buying illicit fuel not only funds crime, but it also supports and encourages these dangerous activities within our communities.

“Anyone with information about this kind of activity or fuel misuse in their area should contact our free telephone hotline 0800 59 5000.”