Police have issued a warning to fuel thieves after they swooped to confiscate a batch of illegal diesel and arrest suspects.
Police and customs officials arrested three men and netted two vehicles and containers with red diesel inside at a premises in Brampton Bierlow.
Officers called at the premises on Westfield Road as part of their investigation into diesel thefts from an industrial unit in Parkgate on Monday, April 21.
They found containers which appeared to have remnants of red diesel inside, as well as two cars containing the fuel, which is illegal to use in road cars.
Officials from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs were called in to take away a black Vauxhall Insignia and a grey Landrover Freeholder.
The vehicles were seized and returned after the owners agreed to pay up £1,466 fines.
Acting Detective Sergeant Andrew Shaw warned drivers caught with red diesel - which is taxed far less than regular diesel – face fines.
He added: “This incident should serve as a warning to people who flout the law and use red diesel.
“People who use red diesel can cause damage to their vehicles’ engine, and may also be supporting and encouraging criminality and organised crime. Theft of red diesel is not a victimless crime.
“This is a fantastic example of partnership working between South Yorkshire Police and Revenue and Customs. We appeal to the public to report anyone who they believe uses red diesel to Revenue and Customs on 0800 595000.”
The three men arrested in connection with fuel theft have been released on bail, pending further inquiries.