Fuel Security News

Fuel theft round up for May

Tue, June 02, 2015 - 10:04:00

12th - 19th May  Staffordshire

Earlier this month Police released images of a man they wanted to speak to regarding a fuel theft that occurred at Swadlincote golf course– police chiefs have now revealed that a man has been questioned, and thanked those who responded to the appeal to help identify him.

PC Phil Marriott said: “Last Thursday I interviewed a 42 year old man from Burton in connection with this crime and will now be submitting a file to the Crown Prosecution Service.

“We are working closely with local businesses to protect sites and identify suspects. Anyone with information about fuel thefts or any other crime should contact Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Fuel was stolen from a machine within the compound of Swadlincote Golf Course, in William Nadin Way, at 3:30 am on Wednesday 15th April.

Forty litres of diesel was also stolen from one of the vehicles left there overnight.

18th May – London

Two people have been arrested by Police after the car they were travelling in was stopped on the M40 near Beaconsfield –officers discovered 500 litres of diesel within the vehicle, which the occupants couldn’t account for.

The car was stopped on Tuesday 5th May, and since then the pair have been arrested on suspicion of theft.

A 28 year old man and a 24 year old woman, both from Hillingdon in London, have been bailed until 6th June.

Police also said that the person driving the vehicle had no driving license, insurance or MOT and the vehicle was also carrying false driving plates.

24th May – Northumberland

15,000 litres of diesel stole from a storage tank at a Northumberland compound.

On Tuesday 21st April, Police received a report that thieves had stolen diesel from a storage tank at a compound in East View, Choppington, to the south-east of Morpeth.

It is not known for definite when the theft took place but it is thought to have occurred sometime between June 2014 and April 2015.

Syphoning equipment had been used to remove the fuel from the storage tank and could have visited the site more than once to steal the fuel.

An investigation is underway, and Police are asking people to contact them if they have seen any suspicious cars or people in the area, or if they have any other information regarding the theft – the Police can be contacted on 101, extension 69191, quoting reference number sn 597 21/04/15.

24th May – Lincolnshire

A CCTV image has been released of two men Police would like to speak to in regards to a heating oil theft.

The Bourne and Billingborough neighbourhood policing team are investigating the theft which occurred at a property in Spring Lane, Folkingham, on 24th April.

If you are either of them men in the picture, or can identify them, call Lincolnshire Police on 101, quoting crime ref 15000022081.


The Fuel Security Monitor has two guides to help with keeping fuel tanks secure – the Domestic Heating Oil Security Guide or the Diesel Fuel Security Guide – they offer advice and tips on how to keep your tank safe, from tank alarms, to lockable caps, to tactical planting around your tank. For more information go to our website, or alternatively, check out our Twitter page for the latest fuel thefts from across the UK.

Informationg gathered from the following websites: Burton Mail, Forecourt Trader, Northumberland Gazette and Grantham Journal.

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