Mansfield motorists warned to be on guard against diesel thefts

Police are asking vehicle owners across Mansfield to be vigilant after an increase in diesel theft.

Since the beginning of June, 17 vehicles, particularly vans, have been targeted, with thieves forcing open fuel caps before siphoning off quantities of fuel.

Inspector Mark Webster, who oversees community policing for areas within Mansfield North, said: “With the credit crunch, we have seen fuel prices increase significantly.

“We need residents to be vigilant and take care when parking their vehicles. We want people to be forewarned that this is happening and to report anyone acting suspiciously to us immediately.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Nottinghamshire Police on 0300 300 9999 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.