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Fight Erupts At Petrol Station Forecourt Amid Ongoing Shortages

Jess Hardiman

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Fight Erupts At Petrol Station Forecourt Amid Ongoing Shortages

Featured Image Credit: YappApp/Ben Lack

Four men were seen fighting in a petrol station forecourt in Chichester amid ongoing issues with the UK's fuel supplies.


The government has repeatedly asked the public not to panic-buy petrol, insisting there is plenty to go around.

However, many people have reported reaching their local petrol station to find the pumps empty - with the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) saying up to 90 percent of its forecourts have run dry.

It is believed the petrol problem may have had something to do with a fight at an Esso station in Sidlesham on Friday (24 September), where a group of men were seen sparring.

Credit: YappApp/Ben Lack
Credit: YappApp/Ben Lack

It is thought the father and son from one car got into an altercation with another father and son over fuel.

Tensions rose and eventually the two dads ended up fighting on a car bonnet as the two youngsters scuffled on the floor.

Onlookers observed the drama as it continued, with one person filming the action and narrating what happened.

Credit: YappApp/Ben Lack
Credit: YappApp/Ben Lack

Despite the heated spat, as things wound down one of the men appeared to help the other off of the floor, patting him on the back as he stood up.

LADbible has contacted Sussex Police for comment.

The PRA, which represents most of the fuelling stations in the UK, estimates that between 50 and 90 percent of the stations in the UK are currently dry.

Chairman Brian Madderson told Sky News: "Some of our members, large groups with a portfolio of sites, report 50 percent are dry as of yesterday, some even report as many as 90 percent are dry as of yesterday.

"So you can see it is quite acute.

"Monday morning is going to start pretty dry."

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

Earlier today, it was reported that soldiers could be drafted in to help out by delivering petrol to empty fuel stations.

A source told The Telegraph the government is considering calling in the army to help with the shortage of HGV drivers, saying soldiers could assist with distributing petrol to empty filling stations.

If Boris Johnson signs off on 'Operation Escalin', soldiers will help drive 80 fuel tankers to various stations around the country.

The plans would see 'several hundred soldiers' operate the HGV lorries in order to get the fuel out to where it needs to be.

A Ministry of Defence spokesperson told i News: ""It is our understanding that a request for military drivers would come from BEIS [Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy].

"We have not received any such request yet but if one came in we would do our best to support."

Topics: UK News, News

Jess Hardiman
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