Another £15,000.00 Were Stolen With 3 Hours
Thieves drained around £15,000 worth of diesel from a nurseryin Roydon.
Police are applealing for information after £15,000 worth of fuel was stolen from a gardening business.
Thieves broke into the nusery at Sedge Green in Roydon at about 9.50pm on September
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RHA security manager Chris Rampley said: “It’s definitely happening a lot more, and it’s all linked to the price of fuel. We’re seeing a lot more opportunistic thefts now rather than the organised gangs you might have seen before.
“You’ve got people travelling around the country and approaching vehicles while they are parked in a lay-by while the driver is asleep, and siphoning off the fuel. It can be anything from 300, 400, 600 or even 1,000 litres taken from some of these HGVs.”
Fuel smuggling into UK a significant concern
Road Haulage Association (RHA) policy director Jack Semple has said the growing quantity of illicit fuel being smuggled into Great Britain from Ireland is "a very real concern".
The warning came after a truck was stopped at Cairnryan Port with around 24,000 litres of suspected laundered diesel on board.
The fuel was seized after port police stopped a 40ft trailer as it arrived by ferry from Larne, in Northern Ireland, on 23 May. Officers from HMRC subsequently found nearly a thousand 30-litre plastic drums on board, filled with clear diesel. The drums were packed in cardboard boxes and stacked on shrinkwrapped pallets.
HMRC estimated the potential loss in tax revenues at £17,000.
Anne-Marie Gordon, assistant director of criminal investigation for HMRC, said the gangs behind such fuel smuggling operations, who often use vehicles not designed for the safe transport of fuel, showed "a complete disregard for the safety of other ferry passengers and motorists."