Anti-terror laws should be used to tackle Tyrone border crime

� Pearcemedia  30  Jan 2013 Northern Ireland'(One of three Large Fuel tanks at the Plant , the other two tanks where buried under the floor of the shed 'One of the  largest fuel-laundering plants ever uncovered in Northern Ireland has been shut down by customs officials.''The illegal diesel plant was discovered in County Armagh and was capable of laundering 25 million litres of illicit fuel, evading over �18 million in taxes and duty a year.''The plant, at Kilnasaggart near Newry, was dismantled in a joint operation with the Revenue's Customs Service and the PSNI ''(press release to be forwarded by the HMRC by 6pm) ''picture Mark Pearce

� Pearcemedia 30 Jan 2013 Northern Ireland'(One of three Large Fuel tanks at the Plant , the other two tanks where buried under the floor of the shed 'One of the largest fuel-laundering plants ever uncovered in Northern Ireland has been shut down by customs officials.''The illegal diesel plant was discovered in County Armagh and was capable of laundering 25 million litres of illicit fuel, evading over �18 million in taxes and duty a year.''The plant, at Kilnasaggart near Newry, was dismantled in a joint operation with the Revenue's Customs Service and the PSNI ''(press release to be forwarded by the HMRC by 6pm) ''picture Mark Pearce

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Fermanagh and South Tyrone MP Tom Elliott has urged the government to use its new counter-extremism strategy to tackle cross-border crime.

The UUP representative questioned Northern Ireland Secretary of State Theresa Villiers on the topic of fuel laundering and other criminality near the Border asking if she would be willing to engage the National Crime Agency in tackling the issue of criminal and organised paramilitary activity.

“It is an international issue, because some of those concerned come from the Republic of Ireland jurisdiction,” said Mr. Elliott. “I hope that the Secretary of State will ensure that they are not let off the hook by making sure that the Garda Síochana is also involved in tackling such criminality.”

Northern Ireland Secretary of State Theresa Villiers promised to see whether more can be done to combat criminality along the border area.

Elliott also welcomed the announcement by Prime Minister David Cameron regarding a new counter-extremism strategy and called on the UK government to ensure that it is also applied to “extremists in Northern Ireland.

“I hope that the measures included within it will apply in Northern Ireland as much as in London, Manchester or any other part of the United Kingdom.

“Extremism of all forms can tear at the fabric of society and that includes paramilitarism in Northern Ireland. Whether the threat emanates from Islamic extremists or paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland, it needs to be challenged. For too long, terrorists and their apologists in Northern Ireland have been allowed to propagate their sick propaganda”, he said.