£12,000 worth of diesel stolen from north Norfolk filling station

Martins Service Station in Alby where thieves stole £12,000 worth of diesel. Martins Service Station in Alby where thieves stole £12,000 worth of diesel.

Thursday, December 12, 2013
3:12 PM

Thieves stole £12,000 worth of diesel from an independent north Norfolk filling station.

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The overnight theft of 7,800 litres of the fuel from an underground tank happened at the Martin Service Station on the A140 in Alby, near Cromer, between 7am on Thursday December 5 and 7am yesterday.

It was described as “huge loss” by the site manager.

He said: “It hasn’t happened here before. It is a large amount to take and is usually siphoned from lorries. We are disturbed and upset. We work hard to collect the pennies.”

It is not known what night the theft took place but it would have been done in one go, according to the manager.

He said a neighbour heard noises on Monday night at about 10.30pm but the site does not have CCTV - something which will be installed after the incident.

The empty tank was first discovered yesterday morning at 7.30am during a delivery.

A lock into the container, which can hold up to 14,000 litres of fuel, had been broken which will cost about £300 to replace.

The 7,800 litres of stolen diesel was for vans and lorries.

A Norfolk police spokesman said: “Diesel thefts on this scale are rare, and it is likely this happened during the hours of darkness.”

Another diesel tank underneath the service station was not tampered with.

Officers would like to speak to anyone with information or witnesses.

Contact PC Mark Daniels at North Walsham police station on 101 or alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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