Lorries driving 5mph bring motorway to a standstill in protest over fuel prices

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A huge convoy of lorries protesting rising diesel prices has reduced traffic to a crawl around Newcastle.

The caravan of angry motorists are travelling to and from the city centre up the A1 motorway at five miles per hour.

It has been organised by Andrew Spence, a farmer who led a similar protest more than two decades ago.

Mr Spence, 54, from Leadgate, County Durham, organised refinery blockades with his Fuel Lobby in the early 2000s and is now calling for a ‘substantial’ reduction in prices.

RAC fuel spokesperson Simon Williams has called on supermarkets to ‘do the right thing’ and said the current set up is ‘very harsh on drivers’.

He added: ‘In the last few days the wholesale price of petrol has fallen steeply, which means the biggest retailers are in a great position to cut prices and ease the burden being felt by drivers throughout the UK who are paying £80 for a full 55-litre tank.

‘As the big four supermarkets are responsible for selling 45% of all the country’s fuel, they are constantly buying new supply so they’re able to pass on the savings to customers straightaway – unlike smaller retailers who tend only to buy in fuel once a fortnight.’

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