Robbers steal £10k from underground diesel tankposted on 27 July 2012 | posted in General News
An underground diesel tank in Northern Ireland has been drained of around £10,000 worth of fuel by robbers. U.tv reported that the incident took place some time between midnight and 04:00 on Saturday (July 21st) at a filling station on Ballyrobert Road in Crawfordsburn. The robbery may prompt nearby diesel users to take renewed measures to protect their fuel supply. Alex Easton, assembly member for the area, urged any witnesses to speak to the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) in order to help find the culprits of this "unacceptable" crime. He said: "I am shocked to hear of this incident. Undoubtedly, this is really devastating for the garage owner, especially in these hard economic times. Those responsible can only be described as thugs. Anyone with information about this robbery should come forward to PSNI." The theft of diesel and heating oil is a problem that has been seen across the UK, although it is particularly prevalent in rural or remote areas. A recent robbery in Hartshorne, South Derbyshire saw fuel taken from diesel tanks as well as siphoned from inside lorries at the site. According to burtonmail.co.uk, about 1,000 metal meat hooks were also taken from Pickstock Ashby slaughterhouse during the robbery, with the criminals believed to have escaped in a Volvo lorry that had a livestock trailer attached.