Police find 4x4 packed with diesel drums as part of fuel theft crackdown

This 4X4 packed with diesel drums was seized by police in South Yorkshire as part of a crackdown on fuel theft.

Thursday, 16th July 2020, 7:47 am
Updated Thursday, 16th July 2020, 7:48 am
Police found this 4X4 filled with diesel drums beside the A61 in Barnsley

Officers have been targeting crooks who are siphoning off fuel from parked vehicles in the area during the night.

Their suspicions were raised when they spotted two men standing beside a 4X4 which was foreign-registered but right-hand drive on the A61 in Tankersley, Barnsley.

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Police found this 4X4 filled with diesel drums beside the A61 in Barnsley

When an officer turned around to speak to them they had ‘disappeared into the night’, leaving the car unlocked.

A quick search revealed the empty drums with a ‘very strong smell of diesel’, and the car was also found to have false plates.

Despite searching around the area for our David Copperfield wannabes, they managed to slip into the night,” said officers.

"In the interest of calling it a draw though, we thought we would keep hold of their vehicle and diesel drums.”