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Police car chase ends in forecourt smash

A car being pursued by police after a drugs raid crashed on a forecourt in Greater Manchester, narrowly missing the petrol pumps.

Top 50 Indie helps to defeat Tesco scheme

Top 50 Indie and West Country forecourt operator Chartman is celebrating after the local council rejected plans to build a Tesco supermarket and petrol filling station in the Cornish town of Bude (population 9,900).

HMRC raids illicit fuel plant

A laundering plant capable of producing more than 16.4million litres of illicit fuel a year and potentially evading around £10.6m in taxes and duty was dismantled by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) after a raid on Wednesday night.

Students warned over tobacco smuggling

Students in Cardiff are being warned not to get involved in cigarette smuggling after parcels containing non-duty paid foreign brands were seized by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Cigarette smuggler jailed

A man from Bridgend in South Wales, who smuggled 485,000 cigarettes and hundreds of counterfeit watches into the UK, has been jailed. The duty loss on the cigarettes is estimated at £125,000.

Supermarkets announce cuts in fuel prices

The big four supermarkets have all cut their fuel prices from today.

ACS welcomes voice for business victims of crime

Businesses will be able to make Impact Statements when they are victims of crime, as part of new measures announced by the government in the revised Victims Code.

High voltage hazard at forecourt

A site engineer about to valet a forecourt in Staffordshire had a narrow escape after he discovered high voltage overhead cables less than three feet from a price sign.

Grangemouth union official resigns

The union official whose dispute with the chemicals giant Ineos escalated to the stage where it threatened the future of the Grangemouth oil refinery has resigned from his job with the company.

Warning over future of LPG

LPG fuel could disappear from many UK forecourts unless the government makes a long-term commitment to support it, a leading supplier has warned.

Digital advertising launched across Tesco's forecourts

Tesco has signed a deal which will provide digital advertising and customer messaging across its entire estate of 450 petrol stations in the UK.

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Minister addresses PRA Regeneration Forum

Energy minister Michael Fallon was the keynote speaker at a forum today set up by the PRA to assess how the decline in independent forecourt operators can be arrested.

Union awaits decision on Grangemouth

Owner of the Grangemouth refinery Ineos, is expected to make a decision later today about the future of the Scottish plant.

Major tanker problem sparks supply concerns

The government is in talks with the oil industry to ensure the security of fuel supplies after a safety problem affecting about 12% of the British tanker fleet was discovered.

Grangemouth reopens after reprieve

The Grangemouth petrochemical plant in Scotland is to stay open after a new deal was struck with the workers’ union, Unite.

Minister backs Small Business Saturday in online chat

Enterprise minister Matthew Hancock will take part in a live chat on Twitter next week to discuss plans for Small Business Saturday and answer questions from small business owners.

Second Simply Fresh on a forecourt opens

The second Simply Fresh store on a forecourt, and the 45th overall, has been launched at Grafton, Bolton.

PRA to hold forum in Swansea

The PRA’s next Regional Forum is being held in Swansea, on Wednesday 6 November.

Jail sentences for cigarette smugglers

Prison sentences have been handed down to two men who attempted to smuggle more than eight million cigarettes into the UK from the Republic of Ireland.

New members strengthen hydrogen cell body

The Greater London Authority, Welsh Government, and Transport Scotland have all joined the UK H2Mobility  project.

HMRC raids fuel laundering plant

A laundering plant capable of producing more than 9.1 million litres of illicit fuel a year and potentially evading around £5.9m in taxes and duty has been dismantled by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Shooting at Liverpool forecourt

Five people have been arrested in connection to the shooting of a taxi driver on a Liverpool forecourt on Saturday 19 October.

Robbers strike at Esso petrol station

Staffordshire Police are appealing for witnesses following a cash-in-transit robbery at a petrol station in Stafford on Saturday 19 October.

Owner wants to reopen Grangemouth refinery

The owner of the Grangemouth oil refinery in Scotland says it wants to restart production at the facility, but it is calling in liquidators to the petrochemicals business that it shares its site with.

Sites supplied by Grangemouth maintaining availability

Forecourts supplying fuel from the Grangemouth refinery in Scotland are managing to maintain availability despite the current shutdown at the site, according to the PRA.

Trial of motorway fuel price signs to go ahead

The Government is going ahead with a trial of motorway signs showing the price of fuel at service areas in a bid to generate competition and reduce prices.

RMI slams decision to freeze MOT fee

The Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI) has slammed the government for freezing MOT test prices without properly consulting the industry.

New raft of measures to cut cost of motoring

The government has announced a raft of measures intended to help motorists to cut the cost of running a car. They include a crackdown on whiplash fraud, a freeze on MOT test prices and a scheme designed to reduce the cost of fuel at motorway service stations,

George Hammond demonstrates savings with Petroman system

Top 50 Indie George Hammond has decided to install the Petroman Vapour Management Control system in all its new developments after trials at three sites demonstrated how much money it was saving.

Estate agents highlight apartment's petrol pumps

East Preston on the West Sussex coast features a first for the forecourt sector – estate agents citing a view of petrol pumps as a major selling point for a luxury apartment.

UK applies to EC to extend rural fuel rebate scheme

The UK government has submitted an application to the European Commission (EC) to extend the rural fuel rebate scheme to 10 new towns.

New motorcycle and scooter sales up 8%

The latest new motorcycle and scooter figures show sales were up 8% compared with September 2012. Under 50cc scooter sales were down 12.7% last month, while over 50cc motorcycle sales increased by 11.4%.

Scottish First Minister tries to broker Grangemouth truce

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond is trying to broker a “truce” in the dispute that has led to the Ineos petrol refinery at Grangemouth in Scotland being shut down.

AA praises independents for helping to reduce prices

Independent petrol retailers have been praised by the AA for their contribution towards the biggest monthly fall in petrol prices in five years.

Grangemouth refinery will remain shut down

The owners of the Grangemouth oil refinery in Scotland say the site will remain shut down despite the Unite union’s decision to call off a 48-hour strike planned to start on Sunday.

Sewell Group sets up link with community group

Top 50 Indie Sewell Group has announced a new partnership deal to provide support for a local community group.

Man charged with robbing service station

A man has been remanded into custody, charged with robbery, after an incident at a service station in Northwood, Hertfordshire last week.

Armed robbery at Norfolk forecourt

A police helicopter was scrambled to help search for an armed robber after an attack on a forecourt in Norfolk.

Government cuts National Insurance costs

The Association of Convenience Stores has welcomed the introduction of the National Insurance Contributions Bill to Parliament, which could save local shops up to £2,000 a year.

PRA still urges caution over Grangemouth

The Petrol Retailers’ Association is continuing to urge affected retailers to increase fuel stocks following news that the Grangemouth oil refinery will remain shut.

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Conciliation resumes this afternoon in attempt to avert Grangemouth strike

Grangemouth management will continue conciliatory talks at ACAS this afternoon with the Unite union in an attempt to avert a 48-hour strike which threatens the future of the Scottish refinery.

ACS calls on Chancellor to lift burden of business rate hikes

The convenience retail sector could be hit with an increase in business rates totalling nearly £26m next April, following today’s announcement by the Office of National Statistics of a Retail Price Index of 3.2% for September 2013.

PRA welcomes creation of payments regulator

The PRA has welcomed government plans for a new regulator for the payments sector, which will have the the power to amend and regulate the fees set by card companies

MPs criticise HMRC's efforts on tobacco smuggling

The Association of Convenience Stores has welcomed a renewed focus from MPs on tackling tobacco smuggling.

CID appeal after major diesel theft from petrol station

East Surrey CID have launched an appeal for information following the theft of a large quantity of diesel fuel from a petrol station.

Ram raiders smash hole in Suffolk forecourt shop

Ram raiders punched a large hole into the side of a forecourt shop in Suffolk during the early hours of the morning on October 4.

Call to freeze National Minimum Wage

Ninety per cent of convenience store owners believe that the 2014 National Minimum Wage rate should be frozen at its current level.

Union claims Grangemouth owner is trying to provoke strike

Unite, the union involved in the dispute at the Grangemouth refinery in Scotland, has accused the site’s owner, Ineos, of behaving recklessly, claiming it refused to accept a formal request to use the services of the conciliation service ACAS.

More should be done to tackle illicit tobacco trade, urges PRA

The Petrol Retailer’ Association (PRA) today expressed concern at the release of HMRC’s Tax Gap report for tobacco, showing that the UK Treasury is losing billions of pounds a year to the illicit market.

Grangemouth under threat as Unite serves notice of strike action to INEOS

Unite has served notice of strike action to Ineos this afternoon (Friday October 11). It claims the company refused further efforts to resolve a dispute over the treatment of a trade union representative and the use of agency workers.

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Weekly retail fuel prices: 13 November 2017
RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East122.9762.90129.22120.30
East Midlands122.51131.19120.13
London123.0159.23131.32120.49
North East122.2163.40130.26120.15
North West122.3953.80130.05119.91
Northern Ireland121.09125.70118.82
Scotland122.68128.95119.79
South East123.2069.90130.92120.88
South West122.77128.85120.30
Wales122.4253.90128.26119.82
West Midlands122.0958.90130.41119.94
Yorkshire & Humber122.3453.70132.45119.99

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