Fuel Security News

Fuel theft round up for 25th March - 1st April

Thu, April 02, 2015 - 7:38:00

Fuel Theft Round Up

Hampshire

Two Southampton men have been found guilty of stealing red diesel from their employer.

Jamie Hiscock, 28, and Zbikniew Ilinec, 62, stole the red diesel from a firm owned by Hiscock’s uncle.

Hiscock, who was site foreman for the firm, and co-accused Ilinec, both admitted to stealing £9000 worth of fuel in October 2013. However, Mr Blanchard a director of the firm has said he has lost around £30,000 worth of diesel.

Hiscock, who earns around £700 a week after tax was able to pay compensation, said what he had done was ‘utterly stupid’ and was ‘deeply sorry’.

Hiscock was sentenced to ten months in jail, suspended for 12 months, ordered to do 80 hours of community service, pay £5000 compensation and a £100 victim surcharge.

Ilinec, who needed a polish interpreter, was said to have health problems including cancer. Judge Recorder Pawson accepted that Ilinec had helped Hiscock because he feared for his job, and said: “You are described as a humble man who to a certain extent was easily led and felt in a difficult position, although that does not excuse what you did for one moment.”

Ilinec received a one-year community order with a supervision requirement for 12 months, and told to pay a £60 victim surcharge.

Two other defendants were acquitted at trial.

Cumbria

Police are urging homeowners to be vigilant after a heating oil theft in Old Hutton - adding to a spate of fuel thefts from properties around Cumbria.

Heating oil was reported stolen on March 26, from a house in Old Hutton. It comes after two similar incidents took place in the north of the county near Carlisle the week before.

Police are asking people who have heating oil tanks, to regularly check their oil levels and take the necessary security procedures. Police are still unsure on whether the incidents are linked.

Anybody with any information are being asked to call Cumbria Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Ireland

A rise in diesel thefts has been seen around Limerick, resulting in Gardai to seek the public’s help.

Fuel has recently been stolen from a number of locations including a school in Pallaskenry, which had fuel stolen just after 10pm on Saturday 14th March; a soccer club in Askeaton was targeted on just before midnight on Sunday 22nd March; and fuel was syphoned from a number of lorries parked overnight at Foynes Port between Sunday 22nd – Monday 23rd March.

North Wales

Heating oil stolen from Morfa Nefyn Community Centre in Pwellheli

Thieves have stolen a large quantity of heating oil from a Pwellheli community centre, forcing police to ask for the public’s assistance with the investigation.

Local Officer PC Gethin Jones explained that between Monday 12th January and Saturday 14th March 2015, thieves stole a large quantity of heating oil from a storage tank located at the back of the Morfa Nefyn Community Centre in Pwllheli.

It is thought that a vehicle must have been involved in the incident due to the amount of oil stolen, leading Police to urge anybody who may have seen any suspicious vehicles in the area, to come forward.

Police would also like to hear from anyone who may have information that could help identify the thieves.

PC Jones gave the following advice to the public: “Take extra care and ensure where possible locks are fitted, check the amount of oil in the tank regularly,  be vigilant of any unusual vehicles parked close to homes or gardens and install security lighting to protect the area around the tank.  It is also very important to stress if you see any suspicious behaviour to let us know immediately”

Anyone who has any information are asked to contact North Wales Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting reference RC15041288.

Northern Ireland

Police received a report that heating oil had been stolen from a homeowner in the Castle Park area of Cushendun on Saturday 21st March. The theft is thought to have taken place sometime between 9th and 14th March. Please contact Police if you have any information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For tips and advice on keeping your storage tank secure - such as free ways to keep it secure, or paid-for devices - our website has two guides on fuel security. For more in depth advice take a look at the following guides: Domestic Heating Oil Security Guide or Diesel Fuel Security Guide.

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Information gathered from the following websites: Daily Echo, The West Morland Gazette, Live 95 FM, North Wales Police and Ballymoney Times.