Police are hunting a three-man masked gang, which is targeting filling stations in the Lincolnshire area in a series of night-time raids. So far, the haul has always been cigarettes and the getaway vehicle a Land Rover. The robberies have occurred when the forecourts are closed, and have all been caught on


The first to be hit was BP’s Casterton Road Garage in Stamford. The raid happened at 1am. The raiders were wearing balaclavas.

Police believe the same gang was responsible for 1am raids on sites in Billinghay and Bassingham, where an undisclosed quantity of cigarettes was again taken.