Fuel Security News

Fuel theft round up for Christmas and New Year period

Tue, January 13, 2015 - 1:49:00

Diesel stolen from excavator in Lincolnshire

300 litres of red diesel have been stolen from an excavator in Manby Middlegate sometime overnight between Tuesday 6th January and Wednesday 7th January.

The yellow excavator was parked in a field adjacent to the B1200 between Manby and Saltfleetby. PC Young is asking anybody who may have any information on this incident to call 101 quoting incident number 55 of January 7th. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Heating oil stolen from house in Brancaster

Police are asking any possibly witnesses to come forward after hundreds of litres of heating oil were stolen from a house in Brancaster over the Christmas and New Year period.

The property, located in Main Road, had the fuel stolen sometime between 2pm on Christmas Eve and 11am on Sunday 4th January. It’s believed that roughly 800 litres of heating oil was stolen from the property owner’s tank, located on the premises.

Anyone who may have witnesses the incident or anything suspicious during the time frame and area mentioned, are being asked to contact PC Stephen Carter of Hunstanton Police on 101.


Thieves CAN be caught

Trio sentenced after admitting stealing heating oil from primary school.

Three men have been sentenced for the theft of heating oil from Garvagh Primary School in Northern Ireland last March. Stephen Kane, 39, Philip Edward McDonald, 27 and Kenneth Ivan Park, 54, were all sentenced on Friday.

The court heard how in the early hours of the 12th March 2013, police had received reports of suspicious activity in Garvagh Primary School near to where the fuel tank was located. A vehicle seen in the area at the time of the incident was later brought to the attention of the police, after they noticed all the windows of a Renault Scenic were open, despite the temperature being a mere -4 degrees. The three men – along with a fourth man Kenny Grissam, 39, who was also in the car – were arrested after their vehicle was stopped and policed noticed a strong smell of heating oil.

It was revealed that Park’s grandson was a pupil at the school at the time the theft took place and after a search was conducted of Park’s home, two 25-litre drums of heating oil were found hidden in the wardrobe of a bedroom inside the property. The vehicle involved, which Park was driving at the time it was stopped, was searched and as a result several items including a screwdriver, pliers and a wrench were found.

Police found that the oil tank had been damaged during the theft, and also found at the site was the tip of a latex glove in which Grissam’s DNA was found on. Furthermore, heating oil remnants were found on the clothes of Park and McDonald – adding more evidence to the case.

Passing sentence, Judge Gordon Kerr QC said: “Whilst the amount involved in this case may not be the highest value, the theft of public property could have the potential to inconvenience children being education in the school.”

McDonald was handed a four-month prison sentence, Kane was sentenced to serve 9 months - after committing the offence during a previous suspended sentence - and Park was handed a six-month sentence, which was suspended for two years. The fourth man, Grissam, failed to appear in court and so an arrest warrant was issued.


The Fuel Security Monitor would advise you to remain cautious to any suspicious activity, and to alert the police if necessary. Make sure premises and homes are secured and that outside tanks are kept hidden out of view from passers-by – also make sure that tanks aren't easily accessible, so that it deters thieves. For more information and advice on keeping your fuel secure, including fitting tanks with security devices or ways you can secure your tank for free go to the Fuel Security Monitor website where there are two guides – a Heating Oil Security Guide and a Diesel Fuel Security Guide.

Information gathered from the Louth Leader, Lynn News and Midulster Mail.