Police chief urges petrol panic calm

PANIC: Queues, like this one at Armthorpe's Jet station, have experienced all kinds of problems due to the petrol panic buying situation sweeping the nation, with several of Doncaster's fuel pumps running dry. Submitted via our Twitter page (@DonnyFreePress) by Jamie Perry

PANIC: Queues, like this one at Armthorpe's Jet station, have experienced all kinds of problems due to the petrol panic buying situation sweeping the nation, with several of Doncaster's fuel pumps running dry. Submitted via our Twitter page (@DonnyFreePress) by Jamie Perry

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A POLICE chief has urged calm in the wake of the petrol panic buying crisis sweeping the region leaving several pumps dry in Doncaster.

The Government has faced accusations of causing ‘unnecessary panic’ following the news of a potential strike leading to drivers queuing outside stations to make sure they are not left without fuel.

However, Bob Sanderson, South Yorkshire Police’s temporary assistant chief constable, said: “As the Government have already advised, a strike is not imminent and the unions would have to give seven days’ notice of any strike, so there is no need to queue to buy petrol.

“We agree that people should take sensible precautions, such as topping up their fuel tanks and using their vehicles economically. And if you do find a large queue at a petrol station, then please move onto the next available garage, to prevent any road safety issues.”

South Yorkshire Police have both their own and partner agency contingency plans in place, to prepare for the eventuality that a strike may happen, a force spokesman confirmed.

Mr Sanderson added: “We can reassure the public that we have a healthy stock supply of fuel and if a strike were to go ahead, a normal service would continue and there would be no impact to our ability to respond to emergency incidents.”

Several residents have been sending in their information and pictures to us via our Twitter page - @DonnyFreePress - alerting other readers of the borough’s stations which have been the victim of huge queues or left without fuel.

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