Drivers urged to be vigilant over fuel thefts following incidents in the Whitwell, Shirebrook and Renishaw areas

Posted on 26th February 2014


Drivers are being urged to be vigilant following a number of recent incidents where fuel has been stolen from vehicles parked up overnight.

The most recent happened on the A619 near Whitwell. Diesel was stolen from a lorry parked in a layby overnight between Monday, February 24 and Tuesday, February 25.

In Shirebrook, diesel was stolen from a van parked in the village hall car park on Park Road overnight between Tuesday, February 18 and Wednesday, February 19.

Around half a tank of fuel was stolen from a lorry parked in a layby on the A619 near to Steetley Lane sometime overnight between Monday, February 17 and Tuesday, February 18.

On the same night eight coaches parked in a yard at Ashley Travel Services, off Station Road in Renishaw, had fuel stolen from their tanks.

In Creswell, the fuel cap to a Nissan Micra parked at Model Village was damaged in the early hours on Sunday, February 23, but nothing was stolen.

Community Safety Inspector Russell Dakin said: “Enquiries are currently on-going into these offences, and patrols are being stepped up. If anyone has any information, or notices anything suspicious then please get in touch.

“We would also encourage drivers to park in well-lit, busy areas, or if possible in a position which makes it difficult to access the fuel cap. It is also worth considering having specialist security devices fitted to fuel tanks or caps to help prevent your vehicles from having fuel stolen.”

Anyone with information should contact Derbyshire police on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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