Fuel thefts warning by police

FUEL thieves are targeting vehicles in and around Morpeth, police have warned.

Several incidents have been reported over recent months, with HGVs, industrial vehicles and machinery particularly at risk.

The latest incidents took place earlier this month.

Between 6pm on Tuesday, May 8, and 7am the next day, red diesel was stolen from a JCB that was parked up in Ulgham Grange Road, Ulgham.

A further offence occurred between 5pm on Wednesday, May 9, and 7.30am the following day, when another JCB had red diesel stolen while parked at Lane House Farm, Whalton.

Police are advising farmers and owners of industrial vehicles to take extra security steps.

Neighbourhood Inspector Dave Simpson said: “We are seeing an increase in fuel thefts across Northumberland, with the majority of offences happening overnight.

“I would urge people to report any suspicious activity immediately and for owners of building and farm vehicles to ensure that they are doing all they can to prevent thefts, ensure vehicles are parked in order to deter thefts – next to CCTV and security lighting, for example – or in a way that the tank cannot be accessed, such as against a wall or building.

“Other measures include fitting locking fuel caps to vehicles and not leaving a vehicle full of fuel overnight.”

Anyone with information about the thefts should contact police on 101, ext 69191, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.