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Frustrated customers fight on Esso forecourt amid UK fuel crisis Key workers could go without fuel because of panic buying at petrol stations across the UK, the chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association has warned. Brian Madderson told Sky News the crisis is “going to get worse before it gets […]

Frustrated customers fight on Esso forecourt amid UK fuel crisis

Key workers could go without fuel because of panic buying at petrol stations across the UK, the chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association has warned.

Brian Madderson told Sky News the crisis is “going to get worse before it gets better” and suggested it could affect the emergency services and other “really serious jobs”.

It came after the president of the AA described the supply problems as a “temporary blip” caused by panic buying rather than fuel shortages.

Long queues continued to form at forecourts across the UK on Saturday morning despite pleas from ministers and police, who urged motorists to be “sensible” to prevent exacerbate the situation.

Some of the largest UK operators have already started to ration fuel, with EG Group setting a limit of £30 per customer at nearly 400 stations, while pumps at some BP, Esso, Tesco and Shell sites were closed.

The crisis was sparked by the shortage of HGV drivers and the government is now considering lifting its visa restrictions to attract 5,000 foreign workers in to the country. However government insiders have told The Independent it might already be too late to stop disruption to the Christmas holiday.

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Frustrated customers fight on Esso forecourt

Shocking footage shows the moment a massive brawl breaks out as frustrated customers fight on Esso forecourt amid UK fuel crisis.

It is believed to have started over fuel with video showing parents scuffling on the car bonnet and the younger boys fighting on the floor.

After the scrap, the group then help each other off the floor and pat each other on the back as onlookers watch on.

Watch: Frustrated customers fight on Esso forecourt amid UK fuel crisis

Shocking footage shows the moment a massive brawl breaks out as frustrated customers fight on Esso forecourt amid UK fuel crisis.The brawl is believed to have started over fuel with the parents scuffling on the car bonnet and the younger boys fighting on the floor.After the scrap, the group then help each other off the floor and pat each other on the back as onlookers watch on.Long queues continue to form at forecourts across the UK despite pleas from ministers and police, who urged motorists to be “sensible” to prevent exacerbating the situation.

Sam Hancock25 September 2021 18:11

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Elderly man misses A&E appointment because of garage queues

A 75-year-old man has told of how he missed his emergency appointment at Barnet General Hospital in London thanks to traffic queueing for the nearby Esso garage.

Raymond Cohen, 75, had felt faint this morning, prompting his wife, Jackie, to drive him to see a doctor.

Jackie told MailOnline the queues were “horrendous” and were not being controlled at all.

Mr Cohen was told to visit A&E by his doctor, but what should have been a 10-minute journey ended up taking over an hour.

He has now made it to the hospital and is having tests, according to reports.

Sam Hancock25 September 2021 17:54

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Twitter continues to make light of BBC reporter Phill McCann’s name

A BBC reporter went viral on Saturday while reporting on the national fuel crisis.

Phil McCann took to Twitter to make light of his interesting day, positing an image of him at a petrol station giving the thumbs up.

Later on in the day, a social media user pulled together a collage of some of the times a journalist or expert’s name has echoed the subject they’re reporting on or their job in general.

Sam Hancock25 September 2021 17:16

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Watch: Long queues at petrol stations across UK amid fuel crisis

Watch: Long queues at petrol stations across UK amid fuel crisis

Long queues were seen at petrol stations across the UK as panic buying has led to a shortage of fuel after some forecourts announced supply problems as a result of a shortfall of HGV drivers.Some of the largest UK operators have already started to ration fuel, with EG Group setting a limit of £30 per customer at nearly 400 stations, while pumps at some BP, Esso, Tesco and Shell sites were closed.The shortage of HGV drivers has forced the government to now consider lifting its visa restrictions to attract 5,000 foreign workers into the country.

Sam Hancock25 September 2021 17:01

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Fight breaks out at petrol station amid fuel crisis

Tensions were running high at a petrol station in Portsmouth this morning as motorists headed en masse to stock up on fuel.

Two groups of men began “screaming” at each other before one group chased another trying to make a quick getaway in a van, according to reports.

The incident happened at around 8.30am in Hilsea.

“People were queuing throughout the night. Pumps are almost dry,” a witness told Sky News.

After the men began shouting at each other, he said: “One group got into their van and drove off out of the city as the other group gave chase and hurled stones at the retreating van. It’s utter madness.”

Sam Hancock25 September 2021 16:44

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Government ‘letting people down’ over fuel crisis, says Starmer

Keir Starmer accused the government of ‘letting people down so badly’ over the fuel crisis as he arrived at Labour Party conference.

The Labour leader told reporters: “I’ve just been up the road (and seen) three petrol stations, one of them with a massive queue and two of them with no fuel. So this is our opportunity to set out the alternative”.

Watch: Keir Starmer attacks government over energy crisis as Labour conference begins

Labour leader Keir Starmer accuses the government of ‘letting people down so badly’ as he arrives at Labour Party conference. Long queues continue to form at forecourts across the UK on Saturday morning despite pleas from ministers and police urging motorists to be “sensible”.Mr. Starmer told reporters: “I’ve just been up the road (and seen) three petrol stations, one of them with a massive queue and two of them with no fuel. So this is our opportunity to set out the alternative”.

Sam Hancock25 September 2021 16:28

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Tory MP claims Brexit is reason HGV visa change can occur

Dr Liam Fox, who was a staunch supporter of Brexit, has urged the government to move ahead with visa changes that would let thousands of EU lorry drivers work in the UK amid the HGV driver shortage.

The UK’s divorce from the EU has been partly blamed for the lack of lorry drivers, so Dr Fox’s claim that Brexit is what will allow the visa rule change is probably going to ruffle a few feathers.

Sam Hancock25 September 2021 16:26

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Ambulance workers join queues for fuel amid panic buying

Ambulance workers have reported struggling to find fuel for their vehicles because of panic buying at the pumps.

One emergency care assistant tweeted: “To everyone that panicked and went to fuel their cars when it wasn’t needed, well done on shift on an emergency ambulance, low on fuel and struggling to find somewhere that isn’t sold out.”

Another posted on Facebook that they had to go to five garages before refuelling.

Yesterday South Central Ambulance issued a tweet – since deleted – urging motorists not to rush to petrol stations to fill up.

“Every day our teams routinely use petrol stations to refuel vehicles so that we can continue to get to our patients, and, like many, continue to get to work,” the service said.

“Today they have joined the queues with others to refuel which on some occasions has taken time.

“Please could we encourage everyone to follow government advice and only refuel should you need to.”

Peter Stubley25 September 2021 16:12

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Video: Customer confronts petrol station worker amid fuel crisis

Video footage shows the nasty moment an argument flares up between a Londis petrol station worker and an angry customer amid the current fuel crisis in the UK.

The customer can be seen shouting at the member of staff before storming off to his car.

Watch: Customer antagonises Londis petrol station staff amid fuel crisis

Video footage shows the nasty moment an argument flares up between a Londis petrol station worker and an agressive customer amid the current fuel crises in the UK.It is unclear how the disagreement started but the angry customer can be seen shouting ‘did I cuss you’ as he gets in the face of the worker, with the disgruntled man later storming off to his car.Panic buyers continue to queue at forecourts across the UK on Saturday morning despite pleas from ministers and police urging motorists to be “sensible”.

Peter Stubley25 September 2021 15:54

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‘A lot of people are going to go without fuel’, warns trade body

The fuel crisis ‘is going to get worse before it gets better’, according to the chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association.

Brian Madderson told Sky News that “a lot of people are going to go without fuel” as a result of panic buying.

“This could be emergency services, it could be deliveries to supermarkets, it could be NHS workers, doctors, firemen, people who have really serious jobs that need 24-hour requirements for fuel,” he said.

“I think this situation is going to get worse before it gets better.”

He blamed the crisis on a government leak to the media about BP’s decision to restrict fuel deliveries to around 100 sites (out of a total of 1,200) due to HGV driver shortages and low stock levels.

“That leak to a broadcaster has brought about the quite catastrophic situation we’re now in where there is panic buying,” said Mr Madderson.

Peter Stubley25 September 2021 15:21

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