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Eamonn Walsh | 16:11 UK time, Monday, 17 October 2011

Britain's petrol and diesel is among the most expensive in Europe.

But the rising cost of fuel has also placed it at the heart of a growing criminal black market.

High value, untraceable and in constant demand, fuel has become the perfect illicit commodity.

A crime that stretches from drivers filling up at garage forecourts without paying - to a dark and dangerous underworld run by gangsters and former-terrorists.

With exclusive access to the Police and HM Customs and Revenue teams tasked with fighting fuel crime, Panorama
reporter Samantha Poling investigates this multi-million pound illegal business.

We welcome your views on The Great Fuel Robbery. Please use this forum to leave your comment.


  • Comment number 1.

    Solve 'drive-off' theft by the method used in the US; you have to go to the pay kiosk first to pay money or leave a print of your credit card before refuelling.

  • Comment number 2.

    This is the answer but the customer would have to pay the cost of implementation

  • Comment number 3.

    Hi Alan/John, the fuel stations could always hire security ;-) but like you said the costs would be passed onto the british motorists. At some stations you have to pre-pay before the fuel is dispensed - why don't all stations have this methodology? I just think the fuel attendents need to be more alert as to what's going on on the forecourt.

  • Comment number 4.

    The great fuel robbery is being committed by the likes of BP who can post $5.14 billion in profits for one quarter in September this year, with a NINE MONTH profit of $15.9 billion.

    This despite having killed 11 oil workers, been fined a record amount by the US government for causing the worlds worst oil spillage and environmental disaster ever!

    Drive off theft is nothing compared to the drive in theft every time you pull into a forecourt.


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