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Motorists facing a fuel crisis as pumps run dry

PETROL stations ran dry as panic buyers continued to queue at the pumps ahead of potential fuel strikes.

Energy Minister Ed Davey yesterday advised motorists to refill their tanks when half-empty, while opposition Labour politicians asked for an apology after claims the government’s “vague” message to “stay topped up” caused the tailbacks.

Yesterday afternoon, Asda in Walney Road and Shell in Abbey Road, Barrow had both run out of fuel. Tesco in Hindpool Road had run out of unleaded, and was running low on stocks of diesel.

Scott Thomson, 49, of Ainslie Street, Barrow, said while queuing at Morrisons: “It’s a nightmare, ridiculous.

“I’m getting it for personal use and work – both. My light is on. I need it, otherwise I wouldn’t be here.”

Dave Jessamine, 37, of Fife Street, Barrow, who works for Plumbing Trade Supplies, had a placard bearing the message “A Country in Turmoil”.

He said: “It’s just ludicrous, it’s just embarrassing.”

Sam Harding, 32, of Walney, missed the media furore and had no idea why queues had formed when she arrived at Morrisons to fill up before going to work at Furness Childcare.

She said: “I was going to go and get some last night, but thought ‘I’ll go and get some in the morning before work’, but now I might be late.”

A Ford Focus driver, who did not wish to be named, was furious after three cars jumped the queue in front of him at Morrisons.

He said: “It’s inconsiderate. It just sums people up in these instances.

“I got out of the car and said to all three of them, and they just went ‘what queue?’

“I just can’t tolerate discourteous people.”

Lee Morrow, 46, of Chaucer Way, Barrow, queued at Tesco yesterday morning and said: “It’s a bit ridiculous to be honest.

“I think there’s a lot of people panic-buying unnecessarily.

“They haven’t even announced a strike yet.”

Not far behind in the queue was Steven Palmer, 55, of Ormsgill, Barrow, who said: “It’s the politicians that I blame, on the media telling everybody to fill the cans up.

“Well there you go, fill your boots – now you’ve created a shortage of petrol for genuine people on the road.

“Obviously the government like to blame the trade unions, but if they weren’t much pushing you on pensions and cutting back etc.

“Don’t you think there’s a point where everybody has to stand up?”

Have your say

Must admit, loved the car wash spot by St George's square that had a sign out saying ' Water low, panic wash now!' Brilliant!

Posted by Degsy on 31 March 2012 at 19:08

The chancellor will( he hopes) have a big smile when he next gives out the inflation figures with all the influx of tax for fuel the motorist has been forces to pay, but we are told it is not political.

Posted by Jack Remington on 31 March 2012 at 13:50

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