Cumbria

Warning over west Cumbria fuel and oil thefts

Residents in west Cumbria are being warned about a rise in diesel and oil thefts.

Police said businesses in Workington had been targeted in the last week with thefts from storage tanks and vehicles.

They said home fuel tanks in rural areas were also a target for thieves and precautions should be taken.

They are urging people to be vigilant and to report any suspicious vehicles. They are also warning people not to buy fuel from illegal sources.

Sgt Richard Farnworth, from Cumbria Police, said: "Offenders normally use vehicles to commit these crimes and transport the stolen fuel either in containers or, in some cases, with specially adapted vehicles.

"It usually takes a considerable period of time to steal fuel, so it is likely that locals will have noticed suspicious activity."

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