Fuel thieves reportedly stole 30,000 liters of diesel from a Hampshire gas station in an overnight raid amid the nation’s fuel crisis.
Dave O’Donnell, who runs Portsmouth Truck Stop in Farlington, claimed thieves stole £ 45,000 worth of diesel by emptying his fuel tanks in the early hours of Saturday.
Mr O’Donnell told the BBC that the alleged theft was a “massive blow” to his family business, which has been in existence for more than 30 years and offers truck drivers a place to park, shower, eat and refuel overnight.
The incident comes amid a nationwide fuel crisis, which has forced drivers to queue at gas stations for hours, while many stations have been left with dwindling fuel supplies as a result. of mass panic shopping.
Mr O’Donnell said CCTV footage, recorded at 12:45 a.m., showed two trucks arriving at the truck stop around midnight.
In the clip, a person appears to climb onto one of the fuel tanks and feed a hose to it before pumping the diesel.
Dave O’Donnell, who runs the Portsmouth Truck Stop in Farlington, claimed thieves (pictured on CCTV) stole £ 45,000 worth of diesel by emptying his fuel tanks in the early hours of Saturday.
He claimed footage showed that one of the trucks exited the truck stop about an hour later, while the second vehicle left around 2 a.m.
The owner of the company claimed that his two fuel tankers, which have a counter in the office showing how much fuel is left in each, should have contained a total of 43,000 liters.
But when he checked the reading on Monday, Mr O’Donnell said there were only 13,000 liters left in the two tanks.
He claimed the alleged theft appeared to be “professional work”, saying he would be forced to make a deal with his supplier to try to “survive” the “hit”.
He told the BBC: “With everything going on with the fuel shortage right now, it’s just a crazy time.
“We can still have trucks parked, but we’re turning down a lot right now and our pumps are still out of order.”
Hampshire Police said they were investigating the incident. MailOnline has contacted the force for further comment.
Mr O’Donnell said the alleged theft left his supplies low, forcing truck and heavy-duty drivers who normally use his facilities to line up at gas stations and try to refuel at the middle of nationwide fuel crisis.
Mr O’Donnell said CCTV footage, recorded at 12:45 a.m., showed two trucks arriving at the truck stop around midnight before someone (pictured) put a hose in one of their fuel tanks
Mr O’Donnell told the BBC the alleged theft was a ‘massive blow’ to his family business Portsmouth Truck Stop (pictured), which has been in existence for more than 30 years.
Panic buying has escalated in recent weeks and drivers have been forced to queue for hours in an attempt to get gasoline, with many gas stations finding themselves with dwindling or depleted reserves.
Motorists have ignored government appeals for calm as they blocked roads and police had to be called in to direct drivers, fearing fuel shortages could bring the economy to its knees.
Ministers have been accused of condemning Britain to a winter of incompetence as panic buying of fuel escalates amid talks to grant temporary visas to foreign heavy truck drivers.
The situation is improving in the North East and Yorkshire, but the South East and the Midlands continue to suffer, a leaked government analysis revealed today.
Average fuel levels at UK gas stations were 20% for the third day in a row today – less than half the normal figure of 43% – but Whitehall’s analysis showed a highly variable picture by region .
London, the South East, the North West, the West Midlands and the East Midlands all have fuel levels below 20% and are labeled “red” under a traffic light system that recalls government travel lists. .
But fuel levels are improving in the North East, Yorkshire and Wales, all of which have gone from red to amber, while Scotland is going from amber to green – and Ireland North is already green, reported The temperature.
The revelations of regional variations came as the government was today accused of ‘enlightening’ Britain on the fuel crisis, with ministers admitting more than a quarter of gas stations still go without supplies .
Ministers have been accused of condemning Britain to a winter of incompetence as panic buying of fuel escalates. Pictured: Sign outside a gas station in London on Thursday
London and Bristol were among the worst affected areas today, as UK roads were congested for the seventh day in a row as motorists scoured petrol stations with fuel, carrying petrol cans, plastic cans and water bottles to stock up.
Former Tory leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith told MailOnline today it might be justified to prioritize supplies in London, but the main thing was for people to calm down.
He said: ‘London is always the first to panic and the last to get back to normal … I suspect what’s been happening is since the people at Covid ditched the trains and got back into cars. This created a greater demand.
Sir Iain, who represents Chingford and Woodford Green in north-east London, pointed out that many people heading to London could see busy petrol stations when traveling on thoroughfares, and it “scared” them to know if they had enough fuel.
“London will come back eventually when people calm down,” he added. When asked if supplies should be a priority for the capital, he replied, “I think a bit of both. They probably have a priority to get gasoline there, but the most important thing is that people get there. calm down.
The Petrol Retailers Association said it had surveyed 1,200 service stations across the UK today, and 52% of sites said they had both petrol and diesel in stock, 21% n ‘had only one in stock and 27% were dry.