Concerns have been raised over the growing incidences of fuel theft from heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) at motorway service areas.
The Road Haulage Association (RHA) highlighted the issue after a HGV driver was threatened with physical harm by thieves who stole diesel from his tank.
The incident took place when the vehicle was parked at Donnington Services off the northbound M1.
The thieves made off with 40 litres of diesel from the truck, leaving the driver in a distressed state.
Diesel has become a highly valued commodity among criminals, following the latest fuel price rises.
The RHA is once again calling on authorities to ensure the security of service stations, because the activity is resulting in huge losses for haulage firms in particular.
Chrys Rampley, RHA head of security, said: "There are thieves out there who are prepared to sit and wait for hours until the right moment to siphon the fuel.
"At a time when UK hauliers are really feeling the pinch as a result of record fuel prices, to have their fuel stolen is adding insult to injury and we shall be doing all we can to bring this scandalous practice to the attention of the MSA operators. It seems that some individuals will stop at nothing and it won't be long before someone is hurt."
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