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Petrol Thieves Target Shafton

Monday March 18 2013

Petrol theft in Shafton Petrol theft in Shafton

PETROL thieves are targeting cars owned by elderly and vulnerable in Shafton, according to a concerned resident.

Ros Wibberley, of Bedale Walk, claims her husband's petrol tank was drilled and drained of fuel late on Sunday night in a council-owned car park off Hawthorne Street.

Ros, 58, said the problem's been ongoing for about a year, and said a dozen cars around Bedale Walk and Hawthorne Street had been damaged by thieves attempting to steal fuel.

"It's ridiculous, it's absolutely awful," she said. "People have been seen in the area and have been chased off by neighbours."

The matter is in the hands of police but residents say they're going to campaign for CCTV to be fitted around the area.

In a public meeting on Wednesday, Cllr Dave North requested cameras be installed to help prevent petrol thieves operating in the area.

A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police confirmed the incident involving the couple's car was reported to officers.

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Reply Posted by Simon Walsh on Monday March 18 2013 at 18:21
It would be a shame if these thieves were to cause a spark whilst stealing this highly flammable product.

Reply Posted by me on Tuesday March 19 2013 at 05:39
trouble these days all new cars have plastic petrol tanks so you wont get any sparks which yes is a shame,but then they would end up with no car as well,time this country got sorted out its getting worse day by the day,,,it sucks

Reply Posted by Robert Wibberley on Wednesday March 20 2013 at 12:47
thankyou to CLLR DAVID NORTH,for visiting some victims in bedale walk area - hopefully we can get cctv installed sooner and not later.to catch these thieves.
ANYONE suffering from crimes in the area.REPORT the matters to the police.no matter how small you may think it is.DONT let criminals get away with it.