Police hunt fuel thieves

GALLONS of fuel have been stolen from construction vehicles at Morpeth’s high school.

Offenders damaged the lock on the barrier to King Edward VI School so they could gain access to an area where work is being carried out on a new athletics track between 6pm on Thursday, August 18 and 7.30am on Friday, August 19.

They have then syphoned 600 litres of fuel from a case tractor, 150-200 litres from a bulldozer, 50 gallons from a JS130 digger and 30 gallons from three dumpers. A total of 100 litres was also taken from a fuel bowser on site.

The red diesel fuel, which is illegal to use in road vehicles, is usually worth 50 to 70 pence per litre.

Anyone with information about the offences should contact Morpeth police on 03456 043043 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.