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High prices at motorway service stations criticised

Motorway service stations have been accused of profiteering after a survey of prices at 21 sites by insurance company Admiral.

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EC approves deal for 1,176 Italian sites by Euro Garages’ parent

The European Commission has approved the acquisition of 1,176 Italian fuel stations by Euro Garages’ parent company Intervias Group.

MRH chief executive Karen Dickens
MRH chief executive Karen Dickens
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MRH adds a further two sites with South Yorkshire acquisition

The UK’s largest independent service station operator MRH has added a further two sites to its estate with the acquisition of Mitha Forecourts, based in Barnsley, South Yorkshire.

Tobacco seized by HMRC

Derby-based tobacco smugglers jailed after HMRC raid

The leaders of a cigarette smuggling gang, who evaded almost £1.2m in taxes, have been jailed after they were caught with more than three million illegal cigarettes.

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Proposals to relax rules on drivers of electric vans

Changes to driver licensing rules will make it easier for van drivers to switch to electric vehicles, the government has announced today (28 July 2017).

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS chief executive James Lowman
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MPs call for tighter restrictions than in Air Quality Plan

A cross party group of MPs and Lords have called on the Government to adopt stronger proposals on air quality than the ones it outlined earlier this week.

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Mastermind of pipeline breaches found guilty

An Essex man who orchestrated the theft of hundreds of thousands of litres of fuel from an underground pipeline in Kent has been found guilty following a trial.

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Welding equipment used in attack on forecourt ATM

A criminal used welding equipment in an attempt to break into a forecourt cash machine and then fled when it caught fire yards from the pumps.

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Call for funding equality for hydrogen and electric

The Government will not meet its target of 65 operational hydrogen refuelling stations by 2020 unless funding is increased, one of the main companies involved in the sector has warned.

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Chartman wins planning approval for HGV forecourt

West Country Top 50 Indie Chartman Group has won planning permission for a new HGV forecourt at its flagship Winning Post site on the A38 at Haldon Hill site (above), in Devon.

The redeveloped MRH Hatton Cross site

MRH rolls out pilots for new formats to three more sites

MRH has opened three further sites as part of its trial of a number of new service station store formats and customer offers across the UK.

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BMW announces plan for all electric Mini to be made in UK

BMW Group has announced that it will be launching a new battery-electric Mini that will be made in the UK.

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Weak pound pushing up the price for motorists filling up

Over the past year, UK drivers have suffered on average a 5.4ppl increase in pump prices as a consequence of the post-referendum weakening of the pound against the dollar, the latest AA Fuel Price Report has revealed.

BP and M&S signs together on forecourt

New-to-industry BP/M&S Simply Food site opens

BP has opened a service station and M&S Simply Food at a new-to-industry site at Aylsham, in Norfolk.

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Top 50 Indie Park Garage Group buys Bromley site

Top 50 Indie Park Garage Group has bought Tudor Autos, a BP-branded petrol filling station in Bromley, Kent.

Esso forecourt supplied by Greenergy

Suresite in deal to support Greenergy's Esso dealers

Suresite has been appointed by Greenergy to provide wet-stock management across its Esso dealer network.

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PRA urges caution over Air Quality Plan

The PRA has given a cautious welcome to some of the measures in the government’s clean air strategy which was unveiled on Wednesday, and confirms it will ban the sale of all new conventional petrol and diesel cars by 2040.

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Staff detain man after botched robbery attempt in Sussex

A man has been arrested and charged after a botched attempt at robbery at a petrol station in Storrington, West Sussex.

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Police seeking armed trio after raid on Leeds petrol station

West Yorkshire Police are appealing for information following an armed robbery at a petrol station in Leeds.

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Warning about potentially toxic fake vodka

An illegal alcohol factory, producing potentially toxic vodka, has been found in an industrial unit in Aintree, Liverpool.

Chartman team celebrate completion of road scheme

The end of two years of road closures and traffic snarl ups, resulting from an A30 Cornwall road improvement scheme, was celebrated last weekend by staff and customers at the Esso and Spar branded Bodmin Moor Services.

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Ram raiders smash their way into Essex site

Ram raiders in balaclavas attempted to steal a cash machine from a petrol station in Essex using a stolen flat-bed lorry.

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Forecourt bomber sentenced to six years

A man who blew up an ATM on a forecourt, while the 24-hour site’s manager was in the premises, has been sentenced to six years in prison.

Lorry driver jailed for three years for smuggling tobacco

A lorry driver who smuggled more than nine million cigarettes into the UK hidden inside air filter units, evading £2.5m in duty, has been jailed for three years after an HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigation.

ACS calls for stronger sanctions on illicit trade

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has responded to the publication of the Government’s new Tobacco Strategy, calling for more powers to tackle the illicit trade locally in addition to the national measures set out in the document.

Bank of England unveils new design for £10 note

The Bank of England has unveiled the design and security features of the new £10 note featuring the author Jane Austen, which will be issued on 14 September 2017.

Minister urges motorway service areas to serve local food

A transport minister has reiterated his call for better designed motorway service stations and called on them to display more local character and source locally produced food.

Topaz to spend €26m on rollout of miles fuel

Irish fuel and convenience retailer Topaz has unveiled its new miles fuel brand in Ireland at an official launch event at its flagship service station at Junction 5 on the M9 Dublin/Waterford Road, Rathcrogue, County Carlow.

Applegreen buys site in Leicestershire

Specialist business property adviser Christie & Co has acted for Applegreen in its acquisition of Gibbetts Cross Service Station in Lutterworth, Leicestershire.

Shell identifies sites for its first electric fast chargers

Shell and Dutch charging point operator Allego have revealed the locations where the first fast chargers for electric vehicles will be installed at selected Shell service stations.

Rapleys warns plans in Bill could cost sector £250m

Property expert Rapleys has warned that proposed legislation in the Queen’s Speech could heap costs of £250m on operators of petrol filling stations and motorway services.

Gulf runs car-crazy promotion in conjunction with Disney Pixar

A Los Angeles Car-Crazy Adventure is on offer to one family as Gulf launches a forecourt promotion in conjunction with Disney Pixar and its new animated sequel film, Cars 3.

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ACS calls for input into plastic bottle recycling plans

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has responded to a question in the House of Lords about plastic bottle recycling and a deposit return scheme, urging the government to listen to the views of convenience store retailers by including them in the DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) economic and voluntary incentives working group.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS chief executive James Lowman
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Government delays roll-out of digital tax changes

The government has announced that it is putting back plans to change the rules on digital tax returns.

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Inspectors close hand car wash over hazardous electrics

A hand car wash site in Devizes, Wiltshire, had its power cut off by health and safety inspectors last week after they deemed it unsafe.

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Man arrested after climbing onto roof

A man has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage after spending more than six hours on the roof of a petrol station in Wokingham, Berkshire.

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Certas Energy launches new uniform range for Gulf

Gulf has launched a new heritage-inspired uniform range that will be rolled out across its 500-strong network from August.

BP and M&S signsn together on forecourt

New BP/M&S site opens in Wadebridge

A former Shell site in Wadebridge, Cornwall, has reopened with a new BP-branded forecourt and an M&S Simply Food outlet.

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Greenergy moves into Ireland with acquisition

Greenergy, the UK’s largest supplier of road fuels, has agreed to purchase 100% of the shares of Inver Energy, an Ireland-based independent fuel supplier, giving it a presence in the growing Irish market for the first time.

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Government invests £20m to back smarter energy systems in EVs

The government is investing £20m to support development of electric vehicles (EVs) capable of returning electricity to the grid.

Refuelling a Honda Clarity fuel cell

Hydrogen fuel producer signs supply deal with Honda (UK)

The energy storage and clean fuel company ITM Power has signed a fuel contract with Honda (UK), which will purchase hydrogen at £10 per kg.

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Woman dragged across forecourt during robbery

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses to a robbery in High Wycombe when a woman was dragged across a busy petrol station forecourt.

Booker lorry

Inquiry into Booker/Tesco deal expanded

The proposed merger between Tesco and Booker, which supplies the Premier, Londis and Budgens brands, is being referred for an in-depth, phase 2 investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

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Supermarket fuel sales slumped at start of 2017

The AA says motorists punished the supermarkets for hiking their prices in the first quarter of 2017, after the government’s latest official statistics showed a slump in their fuel sales.

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Large fuel leak on supermarket forecourt

Emergency services were called to a supermarket petrol station after reports of a large fuel leak.

Bob Etchingham Chief Executive Officer Applegreen
Bob Etchingham, chief executive officer, Applegreen
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Applegreen to buy 34-forecourt group in the US

Applegreen has reached agreement to buy a 34-forecourt group based in Columbia, South Carolina, in the US.

Tobacco seized by HMRC

HMRC seizes tobacco from shops in Manchester and Liverpool

An operation to disrupt the sale and supply of illegal tobacco across Greater Manchester and Merseyside uncovered nearly two million cigarettes and more than 80 kilos of hand-rolling tobacco, all believed to be illicit.

ACS chief executive James Lowman
ACS chief executive James Lowman
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ACS calls for restraint from Low Pay Commission

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has called on the Government to do more to help with the rising cost of employment and to ensure that wage rates do not have a negative impact on job prospects.

Police arrest man after ATM theft wrecks forecourt shop

A man has been arrested in connection with the theft of a cash machine from a BP petrol station in Humberside, on Tuesday 4 July.

Police seek three armed men who robbed petrol station

Three armed men who robbed a petrol station in West Lothian, Scotland, are being sought by police.

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 11 September 2017
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East120.35129.00119.55
East Midlands119.86129.58119.29
London120.5258.90130.58119.82
North East119.7959.90131.08119.43
North West120.04128.44119.52
Northern Ireland118.8763.50127.23118.22
Scotland119.94128.65119.20
South East120.54130.10119.82
South West120.37128.70119.51
Wales119.9059.90126.65119.23
West Midlands120.09129.80119.48
Yorkshire & Humber119.69130.32119.35

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