Eight arrested on fuel theft charges

Eight men have been arrested and more than 55,000 litres of fuel seized in a series of raids in the North West and Northern Ireland on a suspected smuggling ring. 

HMRC officers searched one commercial address and four domestic addresses in Knowsley, Liverpool, Manchester and 

St Helens on 3 February, alongside searches of six domestic addresses in counties Antrim, Armagh and Down. All the fuel was found at the commercial address. Cash, computers, business records, a truck and a trailer were seized in the operation. 

An HMRC spokeswoman said she could not confirm where the smuggled fuel had originated or how it had entered the UK. 

Seven of the men have been bailed until June; the eighth was released. 

No charges have yet been brought but investigations are continuing.