Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Petrol station drive offs ‘relatively rare’ say police

09:00 12 February 2014


Figures obtained by the Gazette show more than £1,300 in fuel reported stolen to police during 2013.

REPORTS of drivers leaving forecourts without paying for fuel are becoming ‘relatively rare’ across North Devon and Torridge, according to police.

A Freedom of Information Act request by the Gazette revealed there had been 26 incidents reported up until November 1 last year across the region.

Information released by Devon and Cornwall Police showed fuel thefts had amounted to £1,321 in 2013, compared to £1,523 over 27 incidents in 2012 and £1,498 over 29 incidents in 2011.

But Inspector Andy Brock, sector commander for Torridge, said often incidents were reported but turned out to not be crime-related.

He said: “Around half of those incidents each year are probably people who have left the forecourt, having forgotten to pay.

“They have then either come back red-faced to pay for the fuel, or are mortified to find out what they have done when a police officer knocks on their door.

“So that would average at about one criminal incident a month, and this is often related to serial offending such as people who have stolen cars.”

Inspector Brock said when such crimes did occur, it was normally during the busy summer season with many tourists visiting the area.

He added: “With technological advances, CCTV on forecourts and the ability for us to quickly identify car owners, these offences are very hard to commit and relatively rare.”


Other News Stories

12 minutes ago

Residents fighting new road proposals nominate ‘at risk’ Westacott Meadow

Read more
Yesterday, 16:00

Big Barnstaple protest march and rally as thousands show their support for local health services and say: ‘No cuts’

Read more
Yesterday, 10:00

Mark Saunders have completed 3,500 mile journey for the See Hear Centre in Barnstaple

Read more
Yesterday, 09:10

With Barnstaple & District Cats Protection

Read more
Yesterday, 08:00

Market manager says improvements will make the Grade 1 listed building ‘fit for the next 50 years’.

Read more
Yesterday, 07:00

Online discount tickets on sale for now Round Table rugby club display

Read more
Fri, 17:41

Will you be joining the big march through the centre of Barnstaple tomorrow (Saturday) to show your support for North Devon’s hospital services?

Read more
Fri, 15:19

The incident was reported at 2.40 this afternoon (Friday).

Read more
Fri, 11:33

Authorities set to investigate a pit that has opened up on a popular riverside walk

Read more
Fri, 10:57

County’s schools are ‘high performing’ but among worst funded in the country

Read more

Local Weather



max temp: 8°C

min temp: 7°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up


Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications