Police catch fuel thieves in the act

Chris Tindall
January 5, 2022

Police patrolling the roads in Nottinghamshire caught thieves red-handed after pulling into a layby and finding lorries with their trailers slashed. Four men aged between 19 and 24 were arrested after their car was searched and items including gloves, an angle grinder and a metal wrench were recovered.

Officer said they entered the layby off the southbound carriageway of the A1 just before the exit for the A620 after midnight on 14 December. They spotted three HGVs parked up for the night before two people emerged and ran from behind one of the lorries.

PC Lyndon Brown, from Nottinghamshire Police, said: “These arrests are testament to the officers’ beady eyes and quick action when they saw the lorries and their intuition was telling them something wasn’t right. After their hard work and covering many miles, these lorry drivers will have simply wanted to settle down for the evening and get some rest without having to worry that their vehicles might be damaged or fuel might be stolen. It is unacceptable that certain individuals feel they can take advantage of this and brazenly attempt to steal during this time.”

He added: “Fuel thefts in particular have a huge impact on lorry drivers and can even ground them and prevent them from doing their work and earning a living.”


About the Author


Chris Tindall

Chris Tindall started writing for the haulage and logistics industry in 2002 and quickly realised there was enough going on to keep him busy for a very long time. He’s covered a broad range of significant issues, including GPS jamming by criminals, platooning, Brexit and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the lack of safe and secure lorry parks and he helped secure the release of a lorry driver in a Polish jail due to misuse of the European Arrest Warrant.

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