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Police chief blames forecourt owners for fuel thefts

A police chief has blamed petrol station owners for fuel thefts after it was revealed just two out of 255 incidents in his territory this year resulted in charges.

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Prolific fuel thief jailed for more than three years

A thief who stole more than £4,000 worth of fuel from petrol stations across Solihull and Birmingham has been jailed.

Merril Boulton: editor

Kevin Eastwood: Executive director, BOSS

Any losses from forecourt crime are unacceptable. We fully understand the pressure this type of crime places on retailers, police and government agencies but by developing new and improved ways of working between police and retailers we will reduce losses and increase recovery rates.

Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - Verwood Motors, Ringwood Road, Verwood, Dorset

LOCATION: My target, Verwood Motors, part of the Central Convenience Stores enterprise, is situated on the B3081 that runs through the town of Verwood, between the A31 and A354.

Kevin Eastwood: executive director BOSS

Police forces across the country are under pressure and forecourt retailers have a responsibility to help the police to use their limited resources effectively.

Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - HKS Coalville, London Road, Coalville, Leics

LOCATION: Coalville, a former coal mining town in north west Leicestershire, lies on the A511 trunk road between Leicester and Burton upon Trent. This site is the first in the UK to be branded Essar.

Shop Doctor: In the surgery this month - Hill's Retail Redditch Service Station, Worcestershire

LOCATION: Hill's Retail Redditch Service Station is close to the new town estate of Winyates, in the middle of a large residential area. Situated on the B4497, it is also very close to a large Bristol Street Motors site and a Morrisons superstore that sells fuel.