Fuel thieves target trucks parked in South Wales lay-by

Fuel thieves are targeting trucks parked in lay-bys and on industrial estates in Caerphilly and Blaneau Gwent, South Wales.

Gwent Police have received 26 reports of fuel thefts across the boroughs over the last two months, with the majority of thefts taking place from LGVs parked overnight in lay-bys on the A465/A40 between Merthyr and Abergavenny.

Operators are being advised to remind drivers to lock fuel tanks park in a well-lit area overnight. Police are also advising that fuel tanks are left in view of the road to deter thieves.

Detective Inspector Matthew Sedgebeer said: “What is most worrying is some thieves are syphoning from the petrol tank of a lorry while the driver is sleeping in the cab. We are aware of hot spot areas and will be taking action against those caught stealing fuel."

If you have any information on these thefts please call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.