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An operation at an unlicensed filling station in Newry earlier today, 30 July saw police seize over 4000 litres of fuel  along with a fuel tank and pumps.

The Newry operation in progress.
The Newry operation in progress.

Over the course of today officers from Neighbourhood and Local Policing Teams and Tactical Support Groups across Fermanagh, Omagh,  South Armagh, Derry City and Strabane  worked alongside our An Garda Síochána colleagues and partner agencies as part of a Joint Agency Task Force operation focusing on rural crime.

A 12,000 litre fuel tank was seized as part of the operation.

Chief Inspector Robert McGowan explained “Over the course of the operation, along with colleagues from HMRC we attended a premises in Newry that was operating as an unlicensed filling station.  Approximately 4,400 litres of suspected illicit fuel, two sets of commercial forecourt pumps and a 12,000 litre fuel tank were seized. 

“We carried out 84 authorised vehicle check points, carried out a number of roadside breath tests which we were pleased came back negative and seized one vehicle on suspicion of a number of offences. We searched nine vehicles and six people on suspicion of drugs offences, recovering and disposing of small amounts of drugs."

They also located and arrested a man who was wanted on a bench warrant.

Chief Inspector McGowan added “Our apologies if today’s operation caused any temporary delays. These operations will continue in the weeks and months ahead as we work together with An Garda Síochána and other partner agencies to prevent cross-border crime and disrupt the movements and activities of Organised Crime Gangs.”

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