Fuel worth thousands of pounds stolen

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A SPATE of fuel thefts over the weekend has prompted police to urge people to step up security.

Several thousands of pounds worth of heating oil were stolen from a storage tank at a home in Green Lane, Gosberton, between noon on Sunday and 7am yesterday.

Officers have urged people who have a similar storage tank at their homes to consider ways of making it harder for thieves to make off wth its contents.

They are also appealing for information after diesel was stolen from a number of lorries parked in a compound at commercial premises in Chalk Lane, Sutton Bridge.

The thieves broke into the yard during Sunday night by damaging bolts on the perimeter fence before using tools to get access to tanks on eight or more HGVs and stealing the fuel.

Diesel was also stolen from two excavators parked in fields a mile apart in Swineshead Bridge over the weekend.

A spokesman for Lincolnshire Police said: “Theft of heating oil and diesel has been a problem for many years and we always notice an increase in this type of crime whenever the price of crude oil goes up.

“A rise in the price of fuel at the petrol pump inevitably leads to a rise in the cost of heating oil, which makes this oil a more attractive proposition for thieves and they are now actively targeting fuel tanks at farms, transport depots and domestic properties.

“They may use the oil for their own central heating or sell it on for a handsome profit.

“Tanks can contain many thousamds of pounds worth of oil so it makes good sense to take a few precautions to protect them.”

Advice includes locating the tank in a well lit area close to the house, fitting good quality locks and possibly fitting an alarm which sounds inside the hosue when the level of oil drops suddenly.