'Hundreds' of forecourt fuel thefts in Wokingham

Fuel has been stolen from petrol stations more than 300 times in one Berkshire town over the past eight months, police have said.

Thames Valley Police said there were 332 "bilking" incidents in Wokingham between 1 January and 31 August.

The force said 24 of the drive-off incidents involved vehicles with stolen number plates.

Police and the British Oil Security Syndicate (BOSS) have launched a joint initiative to cut the number of thefts.

Pete Oliphant, deputy area commander for Wokingham, said: "The theft of fuel, which often leads to other crimes, is a real issue in the Wokingham borough, and we are working closely with our partners from both the oil industry and voluntary sector to tackle this problem."

The scheme is already operating in Slough.

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