Red Diesel Warning From Police
8:11am 24th May 2014
An urgent warning has gone out to commercial premises and farmers in Dorset storing red diesel.
There've been 4 thefts of the fuel in the last week alone.
Thousands of litres of red diesel were siphoned from a farm overnight on Thursday (22 May).
Police Inspector Steve Marsh is urging people to tighten their security. He told Wessex FM;
"I would just ask particularly members of the farming community, if they do keep red diesel on their premises, they do their best to keep it secure, and report any suspicious activity to us, particularly during the evening and night time, which is when these offences seem to be occurring."
And if you're caught using the fuel illegally - be warned, as Inspector Marsh explains;
"Red Diesel is used for people who work in the rural and agricultural community. If commercial vehicles or private vehicles are found with red diesel on the road, it is an offence, for which they can receive a fine and also we have power to seize the vehicle in partnership with Customs and Excise and that is something we will do."