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Dorset Police urging petrol panic buyers to "behave sensibly" after reports of road chaos

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DORSET police is urging people to "behave sensibly" after receiving reports of huge queues at petrol stations blocking roads.

The public is reminded there is no fuel shortage in the county and therefore no need to panic buy.

Superintendent Dean O’Connor, of Dorset Police, said: “Like many other parts of the country, Dorset is experiencing a delay in delivery of fuel to forecourts, but there is no suggestion that there is a fuel shortage.

“We have received multiple reports of roads being blocked as a result of people queuing to buy petrol and diesel. I would strongly urge people to not panic buy as it is only compounding the situation.”

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service area manager Seth Why said: “We would urge the public to remain calm, not stockpile fuel and be considerate of others when using fuel stations.”

Cllr Drew Mellor, leader of BCP Council, said: “I would very much like to reiterate the messages issued by partner agencies and reassure people that there are no fuel shortages in the BCP or wider Dorset area. Panic buying only creates disruption, please be considerate and only buy what you need when you need it.’’

Petrol stations across Christchurch and the New Forest have been overrun with customers since Friday, and nationally people have been spotted filling up jerry cans in pictures circulated on social media.

The chaotic scenes come after a shortage of HGV drivers forced some fuel retailers to shut their pumps and ration sales, with Esso, BP and Tesco forecourts all affected by petrol deliveries.

At many forecourts across the UK, drivers are facing a £30 limit due to unprecedented customer demand and associated supply challenges.

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