Warning given over fuel thefts

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DRIVERS and businesses in the north east of Fife are being urged to remain vigilant against thieves offering stolen fuel.

Community safety officer for the area, PC Paul Buttercase, told the Mail there had been a spate of recent thefts of diesel and heating oil from storage tanks and vehicles.

One of these incidents involved diesel being stolen from buses belonging to Stagecoach.

PC Buttercase said: “What the thieves and anyone using this fuel may be unaware of is that Stagecoach uses bio-diesel, with a particularly high percentage bio-mix that their engines are specially tuned and adapted for.

“Anyone using fuel from these buses in ordinary vehicles runs a significant risk of serious damage to the vehicle’s engine.”

Mike Williams, engineering director with Stagecoach East Scotland, said the fuel thefts were concerning, not least for the obvious implications of depot break-ins and its effects on business, but the damage which could be caused by using this fuel type.

Anyone wishing advice regarding a specific site or any other security advice should contact Fife Constabulary on 0845 600 5702 and ask to speak to their local community safety officer.