Thieves drain fuel from parked cars after panic buying sparks shortage

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Frightened by the shortage of petrol, thieves are drilling holes in parked cars to steal fuel after making purchases.

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Pump chaos due to hoarders and a shortage of HGV drivers are drying up and down courtyards across the country.

Thieves are drilling holes and putting petrol caps in parked cars to steal fuelcredit: facebook

Now, the ruthless thieves are cashing in on the hardworking Britons by launching vicious schemes to steal fuel.


In a video – believed to have been shot in Birmingham – Shadrack Olaloko describes how his car was targeted by thugs on Sunday.

He said: “What these people did was that they came and dumped all my fuel in the tank.

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“My car uses diesel. Normally I lock my car, I don’t joke with it.”

The thieves forced open the petrol cap from the side hatch of the car before going downstairs.

“They made a hole in my tank. Can you see? They made a hole and drained all the diesel. A full tank of diesel,” he said.

It comes like this…

  • Petrol supply has been robbed with industry data showing that 85% of stations have run out of fuel
  • Soldiers may be called in to help deliver fuel tankers as PM is calling in the army
  • Controversy has erupted in the courtyard – including dramatic scenes between moped drivers
  • Susannah Reid slams the government, and asks “Where are they?” Politicians refused to come on TV
  • Competition laws have been suspended in an attempt to stop panic buying
  • UK’s second largest oil refinery falls over £223 million VAT payment
  • While going to emergency an ambulance crashes into traffic waiting for petrol
  • Grant Shapps blames haulers for chaotic scenes
  • List of fueled petrol stations can be found here

“They drained everything and then they left.”

He then explains how the van parked next to him had to be treated the same way.

Motor store Halfords revealed a 1,656% jump in sales of jerry cans this weekend as Brits stockpiled fuel.

Boris Johnson is considering emergency plans to end Britain’s petrol crisis – industry bosses fear the fuel crisis could last at least another week.

The PM plans to deploy the army to haul fuel tankers today to deliver supplies as the crisis over the weekend.

Army ‘Draft In’

Up to 90 percent of all service stations outside the motorway are now dry as Britons rushed to fill their motors and the PM was urged to “act now” to avoid even worse chaos.

But his plan to bring 5,000 truck drivers from the continent on short-term visas is in jeopardy as many are refusing to come.

Disputes have erupted on petrol station courtyards as frustrated drivers lined up at pumps and clashed – turning on each other in shocking scenes.

And yesterday it was revealed that police were forced to jump in a queue to get vital fuel and that an ambulance had crashed into traffic waiting for petrol while rushing to an emergency.

There are also fears that the turmoil could worsen today as millions of Britons get into their cars and head to the office.

Fuel covered the floor after it was stolen by thieves

Fuel covered the floor after it was stolen by thievescredit: facebook
A driver filling petrol in a jerry can in London

A driver filling petrol in a jerry can in LondonCredits: LNP
The Tesco garage in Lewisham has long tailbacks

Tesco garage in Lewisham has long tailbackscredit: getty
Huge queues are seen at a petrol station near Sunbury-on-Thames

Huge queues are seen at a petrol station near Sunbury-on-ThamesCredits: LNP

NINTCHDBPICT000682679493-2credit: getty

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