Stolen plates used in fuel theft

POLICE are appealing for information after number plates were stolen from a car in Ponteland and used on another vehicle to steal diesel.

Between 12.05pm and 12.45pm on Monday, January 10, thieves stole the plates from a Nissan Almera parked in the Brooklands area of Ponteland.

Then at 1.30pm a report came into police that a silver BMW had made off from the Shell filling station in Westerhope, Newcastle, without paying for £75 worth of diesel.

The BMW had the same number plates as the ones stolen earlier from the Ponteland area.

The driver of the BMW is described as being of Asian appearance and was wearing a black hat.

Anyone who may have seen anyone behaving suspiciously in the Ponteland area is asked to contact police on 03456 043 043 ext 69191 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.