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Friday, 28 November 2014

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Cumbria police issue advice on how to thwart diesel thieves

Police are urging people to take precautions to prevent diesel thefts.

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Insp Dennis Kelly

As the winter months approach, police officers are encouraging people to improve security.

Inspector Dennis Kelly said: “This type of crime hits hauliers and farmers very hard and we want them to be ahead of the game and make it much more difficult for criminals to get into their premises, or get diesel fuel out.

“Practical measures can be put in place that don’t need to cost a fortune.”

These include not leaving vehicles standing full overnight and stopping as vehicles entering or leaving your property.

Insp Kelly added: “For those thinking of buying stolen diesel, our advice is – think again. There are stiff financial penalties for drivers of vehicles illegally using red diesel.”

A crime prevention leaflet for commercial diesel users is available from North Allerdale Policing Team, who will be distributing them in the coming days and weeks.

Anyone with information can contact the police on 101 or or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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