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Hauliers urged to use truckstops following Yorkshire fuel thefts

  • 28 January 2014
  • By Ashleigh Wight

Haulage firms are being urged to encourage drivers to park in secure truckstops rather than lay-bys if stopping overnight in Yorkshire, following a number of fuel thefts in Rotherham this week.

More than £1,000 litres of diesel was taken in two incidents on Sunday night, the majority of which was siphoned from an HGV parked in an industrial estate in Swinton between 10pm on Sunday (26 January) and 6am on Monday.

Police believe the incident is linked to another fuel theft at Kilnhurst Road in nearby Rawmarsh between 6pm and 3.25am on Monday morning. The driver was asleep in his cab before being awoken by a noise from the back of the vehicle where he found a siphoning hose near the fuel tank.

Crime reduction project officer PC Andy Robinson said: “We’d urge drivers to use secure truckstop facilities, which will be well lit, have CCTV and mean they’ll be alongside other lorry drivers, rather than parking in a lay-by or close to their drop off point. The nearest truckstop in Rotherham is at Hellaby.”

Robinson encouraged operators to spread this message to drivers, as loads are also at risk of theft while they are asleep.

The incidents follow a spate of truck and van thefts in Doncaster earlier this month.

Anyone with information about the two fuel thefts should contact South Yorkshire Police on 101.


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