Erratic driver ‘in rush to buy burger’ caught with illegal cigarettes

Police discovered a Volkswagen was being driven in Thetford fuelled by red diesel. Picture: Brecklan

Police discovered a Volkswagen was being driven in Thetford fuelled by red diesel. Picture: Breckland Police - Credit: Archant

A driver was found to be in possession of illegal cigarettes and using red diesel when pulled over by police for his “erratic driving”.

Police discovered a Volkswagen was being driven in Thetford fuelled by red diesel. Picture: Brecklan

Police discovered a Volkswagen was being driven in Thetford fuelled by red diesel. Picture: Breckland Police - Credit: Archant

PC Les Maguire of the Thetford Safer Neighbourhoord Team (SNT) stopped a silver Volkswagen at the Forest Retail Park on Sunday afternoon.

Police said the “erratic driving” of the person behind the wheel while “in a rush to buy a burger” caught the officer’s attention.

A search revealed the driver was in possession of illegal cigarettes, while the officer also discovered red diesel in the fuel tank.

Red diesel is a type of gas oil intended for other uses than as fuel for road vehicles, such as ships, freight trains and for heating.


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It is against the law to use it in vehicles that travel on public roads, and is marked with a red dye to help prevent its misuse.

The Volkswagen was seized by police while the driver was served with a Section 59 notice.

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While PC Maguire was dealing with this offence, Thetford SNT stopped a second car which was being driven by someone under the influence of drugs.

The driver of the second vehicle was arrested for drug-driving and also for possession of class B drugs.

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