Police are advising lorry drivers to be aware of fuel thieves operating in the Cotswolds area, England, UK, warned the Road Haulage Association the drivers.
Local police are asking lorry drivers to be alert when leaving vehicles unoccupied following a number of reports of fuel being siphoned. Over the past two weeks, three reports have been received of fuel being siphoned from HGVs, two of which were parked up in laybys overnight.
The first incident in the Cotswolds took place at around 11pm on Wednesday 10 June whilst a lorry was parked up overnight in a layby on the A417 near Elkstone. It was reported that offenders approached the lorry whilst the driver was sleeping before siphoning an unknown amount of diesel.
The second incident in the Cotswolds was reported on Tuesday 16 June whilst a lorry had been parked at Gloucester Beeches.It is believed that offenders siphoned the diesel at some point between 10pm and 2.45am before leaving in an unknown vehicle.
A further incident was reported at a trading estate in Stonehouse on Sunday (21 June) after a driver noticed that unknown offenders had unlocked the diesel cap before starting to siphon fuel. It is believed that the offenders may have been disturbed before leaving in what is thought to have been a yellow van.
Anyone who witnessed the incidents, suspicious activity or has CCTV footage is asked to call 101 with one of the following incident numbers:
- Incident 630 of 10 June- layby on the A417 near Elkstone
- Incident 38 of 16 June- layby at petrol station on the A417
- Incident 556 of 21 June- trading estate in Stonehouse
Information can also be submitted online via: gloucestershire.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/cor/tell-us-about-existing-case-report/