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Thieves target diesel in Newton Aycliffe
POLICE in Newton Aycliffe are warning lorry drivers to be on their guard against diesel theft after more than 20 incidents were reported during the summer.
The thefts generally occur overnight in lorry parks, with drivers awaking to discover the tank is empty or catching people tampering with the fuel cap. Particular hotspots include the lorry parks in School Aycliffe Lane and Newton Park Services at Coatham Mundeville.
The police are keen to stamp out the problem and have been putting up posters in these areas to warn drivers of the dangers.
They have also translated the posters into different languages to cater for the large number of drivers from outside the UK.
Last week, a 27-year-old man from Bishop Auckland was charged with two offences of theft of diesel from vehicles, with one incident aking place in Newton Aycliffe, in a layby on the A689 near to Rushyford.
Sergeant Mark Edwards said: “This is a small result in our ongoing fight against diesel theft.”
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