Police report sharp rise in fuel thefts in Derbyshire

Derbyshire Police have reported a large increase in the number of fuel thefts.

The number of thefts in Derbyshire has risen to more than 700 in the past year - an increase of 78%, police said.

Crowfoot Carriers, a Derby-based transport firm, had £18,000 in diesel stolen from its depot earlier this year, a company spokesman said.

Phillip Crowfoot of Crowfoot Carriers said: "I was devastated - it was stolen because it was so valuable."

Derbyshire Police are offering training sessions to petrol station staff to help them deter thieves.

Officers advise them on lighting and CCTV, how to spot potential drive-off cases and how to be a good witness should a case come to court.

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