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Attempted armed robbery at Bradford petrol station

Police are appealing for witnesses to an attempted armed robbery at a petrol station in Bradford.

HMRC seizes lorry carrying fuel

A lorry carrying around 26,000 litres of fuel, suspected of having been smuggled into Scotland from Poland, has been seized by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Tesco clubcard rolled out across Esso network

Exxon Mobil is rolling out the Tesco Clubcard loyalty scheme to its wider network following its introduction on the sites run jointly with the supermarket group in February.

Sainsbury's running 10ppl-off promotion

Sainsbury’s has announced that from today until Wednesday 4h September, customers who spend £60 or more in store will receive a coupon entitling them to 10p off each litre of fuel when they fill up at one of the retailer’s 285 forecourts.

Middle East tension stoking up price rises warns PRA

The PRA has warned that fuel prices are set to rise as tension in the Middle East continues to ratchet up.

Series of thefts from Suffolk petrol stations

Police are appealing for witnesses following the theft of over £1,000 worth of fuel from four petrol stations across Suffolk.

Jail sentence for attempted robbery

Police are appealing for witnesses following the theft of over £1,000 worth of fuel from four petrol stations across Suffolk.

Home delivery a target for many convenience stores

Nearly a quarter of convenience store owners would like to reintroduce services such as home delivery of groceries, according to a survey of 1,100 retailers.

Suffolk forecourt marks 40,000 milestone for Subway

A Suffolk forecourt has become the 40,000th installation of the sandwich franchise Subway, which will soon celebrate its 48th year in business.  The milestone site is an Applegreen petrol station in Ipswich, Suffolk.

Low use of automated car washes says BCA report

A small minority of motorists use automated car washes, with a much higher proportion using hand car wash services, according to the latest research from British Car Auctions (BCA).

Call to honour pledge over covering up 'lads mags'

Despite a pledge by the publishers association, the PPA, that publishers of ‘Lads’ Mags’ would make modesty boards freely available to retailers, an investigation this week by the newsagents group NFRN suggests the industry reponse is patchy at best.

Applegreen adds 18 sites

Applegreen has nearly doubled the size of its UK operation increasing its sites from 22 to 40, and is already looking for its next 10 acquisitions, according to Michael O’Loughlin, managing director of Applegreen's brand owner Petrogas UK.

MFG owners buy 54 petrol filling stations

The owners of Motor Fuels Group (MFG) have teamed up again to buy a portfolio of 54 petrol filling stations in a deal worth more than £50m.

HMRC raids fuel laundering plant

A 51-year-old man had been arrested and interviewed by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) officers after the discovery of a fuel laundering plant in County Down, Northern Ireland, yesterday.

OFT approves P&H/Costcutter deal

Palmer and Harvey and Costcutter have expressed their delight at today’s approval by the Office of Fair Trading of the transfer of the 800 Mace, Supershop and Your Store brands to Costcutter Supermarkets Group, announced on March 13.

Shell Henfield reopens following lengthy closure

Shell Henfield has reopened its doors today following a lengthy closure in a derelict state, which upset the local community.

Robbers attack cashier

A 21-year-old cashier at a Lincolnshire petrol station suffered head injuries after two robbers attacked him.

Cigarettes stolen from Norfolk petrol station

Cigarettes were stolen from a Norfolk petrol filling station yesterday after thieves smashed through a glass door.

7,500 litres of diesel spilled in tanker rupture

It is estimated that about 7,500 litres of diesel was lost into the surrounding environment following a fuel tanker crash last Friday in south-west Wales.

PRA urges members to act over rural rebate

Glasgow police boost measures to tackle drive-offs

Police in Scotland are putting a renewed effort into clamping down on drive-off crime by working with fuel retailers in south east Glasgow.

Prices on the rise again, warns PRA

Fuel prices throughout the UK are on the rise again, the PRA has warned, as global political and economic pressures take their toll on the cost of crude oil.

Third Subway opening in new partnership with Blakemore Retail

The Subway brand has opened its third store in conjunction with Spar convenience store group Blakemore Retail, as part of an ongoing partnership between the two organisations.

BOSS and Allstar set up joint fraud initiative

BOSS, the British Oil Security Syndicate, has entered a partnership with leading fuel card services provider Allstar to help reduce fraud on UK forecourts.

Price surge has peaked says AA

The surge in UK petrol pump prices, which has added an average 3p per litre (ppl) to the cost since June, shows signs of faltering according to the latest AA Fuel Price Report.

Fuel tax fraudster jailed for four years

A Manchester man, who gave himself up after seven years on the run from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), has been jailed for four years for his involvement in a £2.5m fuel laundering scam.

Large diesel theft from Grantham service station

Lincolnshire Police are appealing for information after the theft of a large amount of fuel from a service station, near Grantham.

Third Nisa-branded forecourt launched

Nisa has announced the launch of one of the first Nisa-branded forecourts following its partnership deal with Greenergy.

New driving legislation welcomed

Road safety groups have welcomed the introduction of new fixed penalty fines for careless driving offences and increases in fines for other offences such as speeding and mobile phone use.

M6 services win permission for wind turbine

A motorway service station has won permission to erect a wind turbine to generate electricity despite objections from nearby residents.

Massive diesel theft in Sweden

Forty thousand litres of diesel have been stolen from an automatic filling station in Sweden, according to The Local, an English language website covering the country.

Petrol tanker ruptured in crash in Wales

A Texaco petrol tanker has been ruptured in a collision with a crane in Pembrokeshire, in south-west Wales.

Retailers urged to act over card fees

The PRA is urging retailers to get involved in a campaign to curb excessive fees charged for processing debit and credit card transactions.

MRH joins Payment Watch scheme

MRH Retail, which is number one in Forecourt Trader’s Top 50 Indies, has joined the Payment Watch debt recovery scheme run by the British Oil Security Syndicate (BOSS).

Rural support plans criticised

Government proposals to extend its fuel discount scheme to more isolated rural areas have been described as “too little too late” by the Rural Shops Alliance (RSA), which represents 7,500 rural retailers.

Call for action over illegal fuel in Ireland

The Freight Transport Association Ireland (FTAI) has called on the Irish government to take immediate action in order to combat illegal fuel which has generated millions of Euros for criminals.

Spar and Londis enhance ranges

Two of the biggest symbol groups in the forecourt sector have introduced changes to their ranges.

BP joins banks' loyalty scheme

BP has joined Natwest and RBS’s new loyalty programme, Cashback Plus, as one of the launch partners.

Motorists shopping around more for fuel

Motorists in Britain are collectively spending £516m a month more on fuel compared with a year ago, according to new research from Sainsbury’s Bank car insurance. This equates to, on average, £14.64 more per motorist per month on fuel compared with a year ago.

Dealer hid drugs on forecourt shelves

A drug dealer hid a package of drugs on the shelves of a petrol station shop in a bid to avoid being caught in possession of them, a court has been told.

Man threatens customer with pool cue

A man has been given a suspended prison sentence after threatening a customer on a forecourt with a pool cue and demanding he hand over the keys to his vehicle.

Spar to advertise on TV

Spar UK will be back on shoppers’ TV screens for the first time in four years, as part of a £5m national multi-media campaign, kicking off in early October.

Light commercial vehicle sales slip

The latest light commercial vehicle sales figures were down 0.6% in July but are still up 6.5% for the year-to-date. Van sales dipped 2.6% last month but remained 9.3% ahead year-to-date.

Warning over new EU tobacco plans

Retailers have been urged to take action over proposed new restrictions on the sales of tobacco.

Car auction value and volume up

The average value of used cars sold at auction increased from £4,828 to £4,862 in July and the total volume of sales rose 6% from 83,637 units to 88,697 units, according to the National Association of Motor Auctions (NAMA).

Subway opens 4,000th European store

The Subway brand has reached the milestone of 4,000 stores operating in Europe with the opening of the latest outlet in the Gara de Nord railway station in Bucharest, Romania.

Autogas opens new facility in Grimsby

LPG supplier Autogas has opened its first refuelling facility in Grimsby at the newly rebuilt Shell petrol station on Moody Lane.

Shock new figures undermine OFT findings

January’s Office of Fair Trading (OFT) report on the road fuel market has been seriously undermined by new market share figures for supermarkets released by the Government.

Police helicopter tracks drive-off car

A helicopter was involved in a police chase in Telford, Shropshire, linked to a crackdown on petrol thefts in the town.

GB Oils rolls out new card payment terminals

GB Oils is aiming to strengthen its dealer support package with the roll-out of the HTEC GemPAY card payment terminal.

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 17 June 2019
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East Midlands132.8782.90140.07128.54
North East130.88139.09127.62
North West132.1562.90139.28127.89
Northern Ireland129.57133.57126.60
South East133.4265.90141.12129.16
South West132.7160.90139.02128.34
West Midlands132.55141.25128.31
Yorkshire & Humber131.61140.87127.82

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