Fuel Security News

Fuel theft round up for 2nd April -20th April

Tue, April 21, 2015 - 9:22:00

South Wales – 4th April

Industrial estates in Blaenau Gwent, South Wales have become victim to recent fuel thefts, resulting in Police and local crime fighters joining forces in an attempt to catch the culprits.

Funded by the Crime Prevention Panels from Ebbw Vale and Tredegar, 30 signs in numerous languages have been put up to warn thieves about Police patrols taking place in the area, as well as to alert HGV drivers parking in the area that fuel thefts have been taking place nearby.

Working alongside Blaenau Gwent Council, the signs have been put up at locations where thefts have taken place – including three estates on the Heads of the Valleys Road, Tafarnaubach Industrial Estate, Crowns Business Park and Rassau Industrial Estate.

It is thought that the recent fuel thefts have occurred due to the increase in plant machinery in the area, due to on-going bypass work.

60 factories have signed up to ‘Factory Watch’ – the scheme which aims to detect and reduce crime incidents by factories sharing information between them and the police, via the online watch link.


Detectives who were investigating the theft of thousands of pounds worth of fuel have arrested three men.

Kent Police had recently received five reports related to heating oil thefts across East Kent.

In two separate incidents, a total of £3000 of heating oil was stolen from two properties in Etchinghill between 8am on March 27th and 7am on April 1st.

Three other incidents including, £700 worth of heating oil was reported missing in Stelling Minnis, £400 worth reported missing in Ashford and an attempted theft reported in Acrise.

Two men were arrested on April 7th on suspicion of conspiracy to steal heating oil. A 33 year old man from Dartford and a 29 year old man from Strood were released on bail until 23rd June pending further enquiries.

Another arrest was made on 10th April, a 41 year old man from Chatham – arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to steal heating oil. He has also been bailed until 23rd June pending further enquires.

Northern Ireland

500 litres of diesel has been stolen from machinery that was carrying out road works in Larne.

The theft took place on Shanes Hill Road sometime between Thursday evening and Friday morning.

Anybody who may have any information is asked to contact Larne Police Station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


A theft of heating oil from a tank has been reported in Belchford. The theft was reported on 4th April.

Anybody who may have any information is asked to call PCSO 2188 Nigel Wass, Horncastle NPT on 101, extension 4627 or on his mobile – 07939 312724.


Diesel fuel has been stolen from a property in Holme.

The theft occurred between 3am and 4am on April 9th. Cumbria Police say the suspect was wearing a black balaclava and camouflage clothing.

Anybody who may have any information is asked to call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Below are some more fuel thefts that have taken place:

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Information gathered from the following websites: Wales Online, Ashford Herald, Larne Times, Lincolnshire Alert and the Westmorland Gazette.