Some petrol stations have closed and long queues are continuing into the evening despite calls for motorists to stop panic-buying fuel.

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The potential strike action has not been confirmed and conciliation talks will not begin until Monday at the earliest. But although there is no national shortage of fuel, filling stations in the region have been overwhelmed by demand from motorists trying to stockpile supplies.

Earlier today, the Esso in Mile Cross Lane in Norwich ran out of diesel and petrol. It is not known when they will get their next delivery.

It was the same situation at the Mousehold Lane Esso station with no news on when a delivery will arrive.

As of 1.50pm, Hemsby service station had run out of fuel, with no news on the next delivery.

At the BP at the Hall Road roundabout, near the Hewett School, there were long queues but most drivers insisted they were not “panic buying” but needed the fuel for long journeys or because they were genuinely running low.

Elsewhere in Norwich, the Sainsbury’s filling station on Queens Road saw queues of motorists trying to buy petrol from the pumps for a number of hours.

An attendant at the station said there had been a queue of cars for much of the day.

The Sainsbury’s store at Pound Lane, Thorpe St Andrew and Tesco store at Blue Boar Lane, Sprowston, were also descended on by queues of motorists.

It was a similar situation at Morrisons on Riverside with about 10 cars queuing back to try and get into the petrol station at about 1pm.

But the Jet garage on Cattle Market Street, near Rose Lane, remained relatively clear throughout the day.

In Great Yarmouth, queues of motorists stretched back from the petrol station forecourt into the car park at both Asda and Tesco Extra.

Both had diesel and petrol stocks, though Tesco had run out of the Momentum line of petrol.

But the Jet petrol station in Southtown Road was out of stock at around 10am today, with a sign on the pumps telling motorists: “Sorry no fuel”.

However, some diesel pumps at the BP petrol station on the A47 near Swaffham were closed because of a leak, rather than a fuel shortage.

In West Norfolk there were reports of filling stations being busier than usual, but no real signs of panic-buying.

King’s Lynn’s Asda store saw queues of cars yesterday evening as motorists attempted to fill-up and the town’s Tesco was also busier than usual.

Broomhill Garage near Downham Market ran out of diesel, with a delivery due this afternoon, and the forecourt had been busier than normal, according to a spokesman.

The Shell garage in Gaywood, King’s Lynn, was also busy, but a spokesman said “it’s not chaotic, just busy,” and he added that the site had not run out of fuel.

Both Total garages in the area, one on the A47 at West Walton and the other at the Pullover Roundabout, King’s Lynn, were busier than usual but again reported no major problems.

This afternoon motorists turned to Beccles for petrol and diesel with some travelling from Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft to get fuel.

The petrol stations in the market town saw an increase in trade during the day, but not the long queues seen in other places in the region.

However, as the day has gone on the BP garage on the A146, in nearby Gillingham, said they had got increasingly busy as customers drove miles to get their fuel from them.

A spokesman said: “Everyone was coming in saying that all of them in Norwich and Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft are all out of fuel.”

The station was at least three times busier than normal, and despite a tanker visit in the morning they were needing another visit later tonight or early tomorrow morning.

At 2pm all pumps at Tesco, Morrisons and Total garages in the town were in use, with only one or two cars waiting in line.

A spokesman for the Morrisons station in George Westwood Way said they had seen queues for the last three days, with today 40-50pc busier than normal, however they had no problem with the supply.

In Halesworth, Hammond garage, in Norwich Road, ran out of diesel this afternoon but had a delivery scheduled for today, while the Co-operative filling station in Saxons Way, Halesworth, also had queues and expect to run out of diesel.

Queues have also been seen at the Co-operative filling station in Hillside Road East, in Bungay however no-one from the station was prepared to comment on the subject.

There was petrol panic in Lowestoft this afternoon as two of the town’s main filling stations closed.

The petrol stations at the Tesco on Leisure way and the Asda on Horn Hill closed leading to motorists trying to find other filing stations.

It is not known when they will re-open.

There was a large queue at the nearby Jet Garage on Yarmouth Road with frustrated drivers beeping their horns at the hold up.

The Morrisons petrol station in South Lowestoft was still open and said it has been “extremely busy” but it would not run out of petrol.

In Carlton Colville, near Lowestoft, the Carlton Colville Service Station on the Street said by late morning that it had seen the number of people buying petrol shoot up three fold compared to an average day.

Paul Corbett, who works there said: “It has been very, very busy.”

He added the petrol panic was the number one topic of conversation of customers.

Waitrose and BP petrol stations in Swaffham both said petrol sales had doubled yesterday, and they were very busy again today.

A worker at the Waitrose petrol station in Turbine Way, Swaffham, said: “Most people said ‘Isn’t it silly people are panic buying’.

“Today it’s very, very busy again. I expect we will sell double the usual sales again today.”

Motorists at the BP station on the A47 bypass were queuing up to the A47 this morning, but the petrol supplies were described as adequate following a scheduled delivery.

Swaffham service station in Lynn Road said it was a little busier than usual, but it had sufficient supplies.

Grahame Parrott, owner of Aerolite Garage in Norwich Road, Watton, said that yesterday’s sales were similar to three days worth of sales and today was no different.

He added: “People are panicking rather than listening to the news or other people.”

From this afternoon motorists have been limited to buying £20 worth of petrol and diesel to prevent it from running out over the weekend.

The garage is supplied by Murco Petrolium and the most recent delivery was made yesterday, which would normally last until the middle of next week.

Mr Parrott said that by this afternoon three quarters of that delivery had been sold and the next supply of unleaded petrol and diesel would arrive on Monday.

“Looking at how things are going at the moment we might run out over the weekend. I’m just hoping a lot of our locals have filled up,” he added.

At Dereham’s Morrisons petrol station, in Station Road, this afternoon there was a queue for fuel.

A delivery was made to the Lynn Hill Esso petrol station in London Road, Dereham, this afternoon but managing director Andrew Lawrence said he expected the supply to run out tomorrow (Friday) afternoon - a new delivery is due to be made on Saturday afternoon.

Earlier today a sign saying ‘Sorry No Fuel’ was at the entrance to the station forecourt.

There were long queues at the Morrisons garage at Diss this morning with staff on hand to direct drivers into the forecourt, off Victoria Road.

Stella Platford, who works at Morrisons petrol station in Fakenham said: “We have been incredibly busy. There have been queues 200 to 300 yards long all morning.

“We had a delivery this morning and we are not expected to run out of fuel any time soon but that has not stopped the panic.”

Sally Phillips, manager of Leftly’s petrol station in Burnham Deepdale, on the north Norfolk coast, said: “It’s been busier than normal but we are holding our own.

“We have got a delivery coming in tomorrow and one booked in for next week so we are not panicking.”

Queues also built up at some petrol stations in Norwich, including Morrisons at Riverside and the Sainsbury’s store at Pound Lane, Thorpe St Andrew.

Drivers are being warned not to panic buy after reports of a 45pc increase in the sale of unleaded fuel and a 20pc rise in the sale of diesel.

A Norfolk police spokesman said: “There is currently no shortage of fuel supply nationally or locally and people do not need to depart from their usual purchasing behaviour at this time.

“However, we are aware that demand is increasing at some filling stations around the county which may cause some short-term disruption.

“We remind motorists queuing for fuel that public carriageways must remain clear and not be blocked.

“People can be reassured that there is currently no impact on local policing services.

“We are, in line with government advice, currently reviewing our contingency plans to ensure our services can be protected and maintained in the event of strike action.

“Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service are advising against the storage of fuel at domestic premises.”

Andrew Lawrence, who owns garages in Hellesdon, Drayton, Dereham, Harleston and Sheringham and who is from Retail Motor Industry (RMI) Petrol, which represents independent petrol stations, said: “We’re extremely busy. Deliveries are just about coping with supply but the more the panic happens the more problems we’re going to get in running out of stock... Don’t panic – there’s plenty of supply if everyone works with a responsible attitude to the filling of their cars.”

Philip Dingle owner of the BP filling station off the A11 at Besthorpe, near Attleborough, said there had been a steady stream of drivers coming into the garage, but there were enough supplies to last until his next delivery.

“People are idiots. There is plenty of fuel out there and if people can not get it today, there is a good chance you can get fuel tomorrow. There is no strike and if there was they would have to give seven days notice,” he said.

In Thetford, a spokesman for the Esso filling station on Mundford Road said sales had been up by about 30pc, and warned the garage could run out of fuel before its next delivery on Saturday.

“If it comes late in the day we might run out, if not we might just have enough,” he said. “If I could have got a delivery before the weekend I would have but we have to give them three days notice when we place an order. “The thing is even if people fill up now, a strike won’t be for another week so they’ll have to fill up again by then.”

Meanwhile, the former Jet garage on Bury Road reported no signs of panic buying.

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56 comments

  • M.B - have you ever thought of commenting on the article rather than 'trolling' through other peoples comments with your negative critiscsm? Perhaps before you judge other peoples english you need to look at your own as using capitals mid sentence and starting a sentence with but were a no-no when I was at school.

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    Queenie

    Saturday, March 31, 2012

  • A major flaw in your advice beachstar...what happens if there is no fuel when you 'need to' fill up. I for one won't be leaving it until my warning light comes on.

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    AE

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

  • Sorry to dissapoint M.B but you'll never find out how young and gorgeous I am! x (still qeues in Diss for those that are interested)

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    Queenie

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

  • Has anyone stopped to think that there is a finite amount of gas tanks in Norfolk as there is a finite amount of cars? So if everyone fills up to capacity and the underground petrol storage areas at the stations are refilled by tankers because we are not, repeat not, in the middle of a strike then it follows that two days after loony queues the petrol station forecourts will be virtually empty because there is nowhere else to put fuel! Of course there are jerrycans (and in one old lady's case, jam jars) but even with the increase in sales of these (jerrycans not jamjars) that makes virtually no difference. Keep Calm and Only Panic when Unite Confirm There is Going to be a Strike in a Week. And even then the military will take over.

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    alecto

    Sunday, April 1, 2012

  • Can't see the problem here - there is no date for the strike to begin yet - when and if it happens we get 7 days notice - so all of those idiots filling up their tanks at the moment will need to repeat the filling up if the strike actually happens. Car petrol tanks don't hold huge quanties of fuel, so if you try to fill up today how much will be left in two - three weeks time.?

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    Tractorboy

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

  • Ha, ha, how stupid people are. They are just like sheep! If only Norfolk drivers learned how to drive economically; e.g. not racing up to red lights and having to do an emergency stop, they might conserve fuel better. It was so predictable. They must waste a fortune of fuel.

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    Jane Bradley

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

  • Are you serious, Queenie? How can you have a dialogue without reading, or listening, to what other people say? My postings are meant to be readable and I write them myself. Capitals for emphasis, sometimes. German influence. Who wrote that last one for you? It was almost intelligible. Equally pleased and surprised that you went to school. I am not pursuing a Pulitzer Prize and there`s little point in you trying. x

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, March 31, 2012

  • Daisy Roots is part of the problem and not the answer. How can you justify as 'prudent' buying extra fuel when there is no announcement of a date for a strike? Effectively, you and all the others who have raced to the pumps are trying to justify your behaviour by the excuse that you have a 'need'. Well, what about others like Dr's nurses, community midwives and a myriad of other essential workers who need to have fuel to get about and do their jobs this week and who were severely inconvenienced by having to find a petrol station with fuel and then having to face very long queues? Your argument just doesn't make sense and is similar to the other selfish people who have made a problem where it isn't currently justified!

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    Douglas McCoy

    Saturday, March 31, 2012

  • Francis Maude Minister for Crisis Management causes crisis.This is The Ship of Fools pretending to be a Government.

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    Peter Watson

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

  • Are is better. I`m being dragged down....

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 30, 2012

  • well said, Crazy, I couldn't agree more.

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    Mikado Kember

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

  • Well said loco - someone sneezes and everyone (except me!) goes into panic mode. Why do Lemmings spring to mind!!

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    biglingers

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

  • Wow! Who would have thought that UK drivers would have been so utterly stupid and selfish that they need to panic buy fuel when there isn't even a date set for a 'possible' strike? Of course it doesn't help that the ignorant masses are being advised by a supposedly responsible government that it would be sensible to get half a tank of fuel more 'just in case'. Utterly unbelievable, talk about the blind leading the blind!!

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    Douglas McCoy

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

  • Could somebody do the maths ( Bookworm ) and work out the following. With panic buying of petrol continuing at the present rate , in how many weeks will sufficient fuel tax be raised to clear the national debt. How many garages containing 20 litres of petrol would it require to raise enough funds to get David Cameron his own horse so he doesn't have to share one with Rebekah Brooks ?

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

  • Advising people to store petrol filled jerry cans in their abodes, has got to be the most daft, self defeating own goal ever. The health and safety, insurance never mind security aspect of such advise are mindboggling.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

  • In rural Norfolk,you run out of petrol,you are stuffed.Thanks to poor public transport and Beechings dismantling of rural railways,a car is a necessity. I would rather take advice from Arthur Daley buying a car than take notice of politicians who are completely and utterly useless,and completely out of touch with the people they supposedly represent!

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    Harry Rabinowitz

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

  • no i am not going to give cameron the headlines so that we stop talking about their dodgy donor dealings

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    Double Bill

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

  • Queenie, you have a major advantage over me. The EDP accepts your posts because your grammar, spelling and syntax is even worse than theirs. I wouldn`t "qeue" up for your faded charms!! :-).

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 30, 2012

  • best to stock up on water and pasties as well before the government starts a panic on them to divert attention from what is really happening.

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    kiwidog

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

  • Good job I have my bus pass to fall back on in case I cannot fill my tank because of the headless chickens.

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    ALED

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

  • Cute piece of wheeler dealing by the government, creat a panic and watch the money roll in to the treasury, lucky I still use my bike to get to work, but all them newcomers that wanted a place in the country but still work in the cities well they can queue up for there fuel.

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    "Bin here all me life"

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

  • Stupid people Stupid Goverment anybody would think its the end of theWorld.

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    terry

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

  • @ Peter Watson he's just getting it a week early plus interest of course. No Peter you have missed the point, he is getting the extra VAT in this tax year.

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    BG

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

  • Where I work in Norwich, out of about 20 people, there's only me and the cleaner who walk in. The fuel will run out eventually and when it does villages and suburbs may not be such desirable places to live. Alternatively they might get a new lease of life with an economy of their own rather than being dull dormitories.

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    oldowl

    Friday, March 30, 2012

  • Just another example of stupidity from the current incumbents of Westminster.

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    beachstar

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

  • I filled up yesterday but only because I was so low on fuel my warning light was on. Luckily the garage still had unleaded, not so lucky if you need super. Please don't be selfish - be sensible and only fill up if you need to and there will be enough for everybody.

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    beachstar

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

  • Unite have publicly stated in the event of the strike which has not happened yet may I remind you,emergency supplies will be maintained.This is caused by the Government and Francis Maude in particular.

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    Peter Watson

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

  • This is how Mad Max 2 started.

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    Tone the moan

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

  • Please excuse me for being thick but how is the government going to get extra tax revenue? Surely when this is over people will go back to running on quarter tanks and there will be a marked decrease in tax revenue. As for garages that have notices stating that there is a £20 maximum buy, they have it the wrong way round. There should be a minimum £20.00 charge to stop the idiots going in to garages to top up with another fiver's worth and causing massive queues at the same time.

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    Locallad

    Friday, March 30, 2012

  • Trouble with panic buyers every ounce of road sense seems to go out of the window, with not being able to get into Morrisons in Diss this morning due to people blocking the road and now people driving on the wrong side of the main road to get passed the qeues try and use a bit of common sense please.

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    Queenie

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

  • What alot of the fools in queues need to take notice off is price increases.My local garage tells me that Head Office had told him to increase the price while demand was strong,and no I was not panic buying I using the PO.

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    Cynical Bob

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

  • This shows how led by the nose people really are, some politcal speed dater mentions tanker strike and jerry cans, a term half of the population does not know anymore, and you have the most beautifull profits lining the treasuries pockets for easter. Lemmings allround.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

  • I think drivers are being entirely prudent-from the minute a strike became possible it was obvious that other motorists would fill their tanks. I for instance had to drive 400 unavoidable cargo carting miles this week and will do the same again next week. Like most other motorists who live in rural areas I have little or no way of knowing which garages will have fuel on any given route in the current circumstances-to start with a full tank is prudent. The same applies to those who know they have to use their cars to get to work and who live where petrol stations are few and far between. Those who live and venture no further than the Norwich ring road and can get a bus to work might be able to get on a high horse and feel smug driving on fumes, but a red light 30 miles from the nearest pump is no fun.

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    Daisy Roots

    Friday, March 30, 2012

  • There`s no strike yet and we will get 7 days notice if there is to be one. Is no one capable of independent thinking anymore? All that these panic buyers are doing is pushing up the prices. Driving around with a full tank, due to the increased weight that you are carrying, significantly cuts your MPG. Petrol is dear enough without making it cost anymore. Please folks, Keep Calm and Carry On As Normal! Ed Miliband has everything in hand with his union sponsors. Forget all of the above!

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    BG

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

  • Francis Maude's latest book.How to cause a crisis out of nothing

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    Peter Watson

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

  • If the media had just shut up about it in the first place this wouldn't have happened...i for one will not panic buy, if i run out, i run out..oh dear i'll have to stay at home :o) x x

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    norfolkbornnbred

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

  • This article is not helpful, just adds 'fuel' to the fire (no pun intended).

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    Crazy

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

  • Why cant people realise what a big con this is,the goverment are laughing,getting massive tax returns from the increased demand,petrol station owners making quick profits from all the sales and the tanker drivers gettind loads of extra overtime.

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    trodas5

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

  • How much are the social net working sites and 247 news programmes to blame for this stupid panic buying. The only winner here is the Chancellor who must be rubbing his hands with glee with all the extra VAT he his collecting.

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    BG

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

  • Fiveways is no go for RHT from the city, tough luck on those who was gonna fill up on the way home....plod in attendance!!!

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    nrg

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

  • These stupid idiots who are queuing to get the last drops of petrol are doing us common sense drivers no favour's because they are also blocking roads whilst they are waiting and we are unable to get past. To those I say get a life, also by panic buying the government are rubbing their greedy hand's because of the duty they will be receiving from you.

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    loco

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

  • Today is the first day of the schools' Easter holiday-presumably there will be a certain number of holiday makers booked into accommodation and caravan sites etc on the coast-I bet the first thing they will be doing is filling their tanks when they reach their destination- queues at garages this afternoon maybe ? Or will it be local petrol for local people as in Cornwall ?

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    Daisy Roots

    Saturday, March 31, 2012

  • Ive seen large Qs at every petrol station i've passed today. are people really that thick?? it just shows how people can be affected by the media. get a grip everyone.

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    timmy_two_sheds

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

  • no BG-he's just getting it a week early plus interest of course he is a Tory after all.People will readjust and spend less the following week.

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    Peter Watson

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

  • no petrol,no water and no pasties. high fuel bills and stamps up 30%. I've gone off the UK.

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    bookworm

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

  • Cant you see what is happening ?. Its the end of year accounts and camerloon and cloggy want the revenue so they can say that the country is booming ?. _ Perhaps the EDP could start reporting what is happening in this area with councils etc with the same vigor as the reporting of the "looming" fuel shortage. Sorry I forgot, mustnt upset the favourites must we ?.

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    "V"

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

  • Cameron is a PR man. He knows what he's doing by provoking this. He would rather see these headlines about petrol than the OECD pointing out we are back in a recession.

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    Jono

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

  • Article provides a lot of valid points. Good read.

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    MortonSolutions

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

  • This is a real worry for myself. I am disabled, a full-time wheelchair user living in a rural area with 2 disabled teens. We use an adapted Ford transit which is not exactly economical. Our health issues means frequent hospital and dr's appointments. Without petrol we will be stranded and may end up having to use the emergency services in a situation where we would not normally. Hubby has had to go to Kings Lynn to get fuel as diesel has run out in Downham Market and we were nearly empty.

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    Elly

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

  • Once again it is just the greedy, selfish general public again causing the problem.

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    loco

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

  • Making this comment without reading the story. I don't need to read it because there is no story. Responsible media? I don't think so.

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    Annoyed

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

  • All the communications clearly state that ANY strike would come into effect after Easter. Therefore, why are people panic buying fuel now? Fools. Warm Regards, Whiley

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    Whiley Boy

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

  • bg the media frenzy only begun after francis maude went on the news telling people to stock up jerry cans of petrol . the media can only report on what they see or hear !

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    Double Bill

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

  • If the panic continues it may be necessary for the military to take over the country to replace this discredited Government.

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    Peter Watson

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

  • All the government has done is to warn us of a probable strike and the sort of things you need to do. You are allowed to keep in you garage 2 x5ltr plastic cans, or 2x10ltr metal jerry cans of petrol . Blame the Union not the government.

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    Johnny Norfolk

    Thursday, March 29, 2012

  • So very wise, oldowl. "Villages" are no longer communities. "Dull Dormitories" is very kind. They are cemeteries for the folk who have always lived there and for the similarly comatose incomers. But where there`s a Will there`s a Relative.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 30, 2012

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