Illegal stores of more than 2,000 litres of duty-cut red diesel, which could have proven “a real danger to the public”, have been uncovered during raids at car washes in Bradford.

Officers in the Great Horton Neighbourhood Policing Team working in partnership with Revenue and Customs officers targeted hand car washes in Spencer Road, Lidget Green.

The operation was carried out after police received reports that the businesses were storing and selling red diesel illegally for use on public roads.

A number of premises, including one private residence, were visited and several vehicles were stopped and checked by officers.

By the end of the joint operation, 2,150 litres of illegal fuel were seized and two vehicles with contain red diesel in their fuel tanks were also recovered.