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Fourteen bailed in HMRC fraud probe

Fourteen people arrested in connection with a suspected £78m landfill tax fraud have been released on bail pending further inquiries, according to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC)

The service led a high-profile series of raids across a swathe of the north-east from the Humber to the Tyne on 23 September. It said the swoop followed an 18-month intelligence-gathering operation.

A total of six business sites in Gateshead, Washington, Hartlepool, Leeds and Hull were targeted in the effort, which saw 180 HMRC officers working in conjunction with police and the Environment Agency. Eight homes were also raided.

Among the affected firms was Niramax Group, which has its headquarters in Hartlepool and is on a waste services framework serving North Yorkshire County Council.

A council spokeswoman said the authority had suspended deliveries of waste to Niramax since it was closed in the raid.

“The county council has written to the company seeking further reassurances and will only  recommence deliveries when it is fully satisfied that waste from the county is being managed responsibly at all stages from receipt to final disposal,” she said.

An HMRC spokesman declined to identify other businesses involved in the investigation.


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