CUSTOMS officers have carried out spot checks at a number of Isle of Wight garages.

A specialist unit from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) carried out the checks last week, looking for illegal fuel and evidence of fuel laundering.

An HMRC spokesperson said: "HMRC fights fuel fraud on a wide range of fronts, which includes specialist units inspecting retail sites, detecting and dismantling fuel laundering plants and performing roadside checks on private and commercial vehicles.

"Working with our partner agencies, we have a rolling programme of oils activity throughout the UK, which can involve checking vehicles, both commercial and private, for rebated fuel misuse or visiting filling stations to ensure they are fully compliant."

The spokesperson would not say if any illegal activity was identified on the Isle of Wight.