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Tyrone man sentenced for illegal fuel plant

It followed an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)

A CO TYRONE man who built a fuel-laundering plant in a shed has been sentenced for excise fraud.

Barry McGirr (43), of Garvallagh Road, Fintona, appeared at Omagh Magistrates Court on Tuesday and was given a four-month prison sentence suspended for two years.

It followed an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) which uncovered a laundering plant in June 2017 in a shed at his home.

HMRC's Steve Tracey said: "We will continue our fight against the illegal fuel market, which threatens the legitimate fuel traders and gives criminals an unfair advantage over honest businesses."

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