One hundred thousand litres of laundered fuel has been discovered after a raid by officers from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and Gloucestershire police.

The raid took place on Monday night at industrial premises at Coleford in Gloucestershire, and a 49-year-old man from the Forest of Dean was arrested on suspicion of duty evasion.

An HMRC spokeswoman said: “I can confirm that around 100,000 litres of illicit fuel have been seized from a warehouse unit in Coleford, Gloucestershire this week.  Our investigators and road fuel officers, supported by Gloucestershire Police and experienced fuel removers, have dismantled suspected fuel laundering equipment, fuel pumps and storage tanks and also removed a quantity of waste material from the site. We thank local businesses for their cooperation during the operation.  Our enquiries are still ongoing and we will provide further details at a later stage.”

A spokesman for Gloucestershire police said the search was carried out after "many months" of information gathering by its Force Intelligence Bureau.