Illegal bio-diesel

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Two illicit bio-diesel production plants have been dismantled by HM Revenue & Customs following an operation in Peterhead.

HMRC, assisted by officers from Grampian Police, raided two storage facilities close to Peterhead town centre, where they uncovered the plants last Thursday.

During the searches officers seized nearly 4,000 litres of illicit fuel, 750 litres of methanol, 200 litres of kerosene, pumps, equipment and business records.

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.”