UK fuel shortage: 'Ludicrous' panic-buyer empties water bottles to fill with petrol

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Published on 27 Sep 2021, 17:00
Tens of thousands more Britons are working from home today as the fuel crisis saw up to nine in ten forecourts run dry leaving NHS staff including doctors and nurses without petrol and schools planning a return to online learning because teachers can't fill up their cars. Gavin Rabbitt stopped at Shell garage in Cobham Services on the M25 yesterday and sat in disbelief as he watched a woman fill two 1.5litre water bottles with fuel (main [icture) - seemingly unaware the bottle could explode or melt because it is not a vessel to legally carry petrol. Mr Rabbitt, from Tonbridge, Kent, said: 'I thought "I can't believe the stupidity of this woman". This is the kind of thing that causes the problem. People filling up things they shouldn't be filling up and no one else can get the fuel because of other people's stupidity'. And it is proving so difficult to get fuel, thieves have been siphoning it from cars, sometimes drilling into the petrol tank, Shadrack Olaloko, from Birmingham, said: 'What these guys did was they came and drained out all my fuel in the tank'. Britain's biggest petrol retailers have said they expect the crisis to ease in the next three days because once people have a full tank, demand for fuel is likely to fall away by Thursday or Friday. And Downing Street again denied there is a shortage of fuel, saying there are 'ample stocks in this country'. But as the Prime Minister considered emergency plans to halt the petrol panic, Environment Secretary George Eustice has said the Government has 'no plans at the moment' to use soldiers to drive petrol tankers amid continuing shortages at filling stations.

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