Sheffield fuel thief used 'noxious substance' to knock out lorry driver

A thief used a noxious substance to render a lorry driver unconscious
A thief used a noxious substance to render a lorry driver unconscious

A lorry driver was rendered unconscious by a fuel thief who used a 'noxious substance' to knock him out before stealing his diesel in Sheffield.

The crook struck while a lorry was parked in a lay-by on the A616 in Ecclesfield overnight on Tuesday into Wednesday last week.

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A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "Overnight into January 31, a LGV parked in a lay-by was targeted.

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"The driver, asleep in his cab, claims that a noxious substance was administered rendering him unconscious.

"A large quantity of diesel was then siphoned from the tank."

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Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101.