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FUEL thefts from filling stations have hit record levels as pump prices soar.

Drive-off raids — where motorists fill up and leave without paying — increased by 61 per cent so far this year compared with the same period in 2021, says the Petrol Retailers Association.

Brits  filling up their motors and leaving stations without paying have hit record levels, con un 61% increase this year compared to 2021

Brits filling up their motors and leaving stations without paying have hit record levels, con un 61% increase this year compared to 2021Credito: Bav Media

PRA executive director Gordon Balmer said the number of thefts was “going through the roof” with ten incidents a day being reported.

Retailers will lose £25million if the current rate of drive-offs continues for the next 12 mesi, ha affermato.

Ha aggiunto: “It’s a really difficult issue at the moment — and on the increase.

You’re looking at nearly £41 million in terms of cost to industry of fuel either being stolen through drive-offs or people haven’t got the means to pay.

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Ha aggiunto: “With the pressure on the Polizia Stradale over the last few years, many police forces have said ‘It’s not a criminal offence.

‘It’s a civil offence, so you need you need to deal with it.

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‘And if the actual value of the crime is below £100 then we won’t send anyone out to police it’.

This has been raised by myself personally with the CAT-chiamata.”