Brawl breaks out over diesel at petrol station as punches thrown ‘He’s just put it in!’

Fuel crisis: Drivers urged against panic buying petrol

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The Government has urged Britons not to panic buy, after supply problems caused a number of petrol stations to temporarily close. Britain is suffering from a shortage of HGV drivers, which has prevented sufficient quantities of fuel reaching petrol stations.

On Saturday Edmund King, the head of AA, told the BBC there is “plenty of fuel at the source” and said the situation should improve.

The shortages have caused a rise in tensions, with a number of physical altercations reported.

One shocking video, believed to be from Chichester in West Sussex, shows four men fighting on an Esso petrol station forecourt.

All four can be seen yelling at each other, in a foul-mouth exchanged before one of the men throws a punch.

One man can be heard shouting: “He’s just put diesel in.”

The two older men then engage in a brawl, as do the younger pair.

According to The Mirror both factions are believed to have contained a father and son.

Kicks and punches are exchanged, and at one point a man can be heard urging “leave it out”.

The confrontation lasts about a minute, before the two groups separate.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has urged the public to “carry on as normal”, and avoid panic buying.

However, there were reports of petrol stations running out of fuel across the country on Saturday.

Appearing on the BBC Mr King, from the AA, said the situation should improve in the coming days.

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He said: “The market is stretched, so I think that is a broader issue that is affecting the supply chain, not just the petrol and diesel but retail as well.

“The good news is you can only really fill up once; you’ve got to use the fuel, so this should be a short-term thing.

“It’s not like the fuel crises in the past when the supplier was hit by strikes, etc.

“So, once people have filled up, they won’t travel more than they normally travel, so this strain on the system should ease up in the next few days.”

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The Government has announced temporary visas will be provided for an additional 5,000 foreign lorry and tanker drivers.

These will enable them to work in Britain for three months, until Christmas Eve.

On Saturday a spokesperson for the UK Petroleum Industry Association blamed panic buying for the fuel shortages.

They said: “There has been an increase in demand for fuels this week which is above and beyond what is usual.

“There are no reported issues with the production, storage, or import of fuels while distributors are working hard to replenish stocks at forecourts.

“Customers should continue to buy fuel as they would normally.”

It has been suggested troops could be drafted in to drive tankers, which Conservative MP Marcus Fysh said would “not be an unreasonable way to think about dealing with an issue”.
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