Cambs police hilarious suggestion to panic-buying petrol – Cambridgeshire Live

Police in Cambridgeshire have shared their hilarious solution for motorists panic buying from petrol pumps across the county.

Officers patrolling the Fenland area of Cambs took to social media to share their tongue-in-cheek “fuel for thought” on how to keep petrol and diesel flowing.

In the post they showed a picture of their patrol car with a hot air balloon seemingly placed on top.

Read more:Chaos across Cambridgeshire as petrol stations swamped with panic-buyers

Officers quipped the balloons would be able to solve the current predicament.

The post stated: “Fuel for thought.

“With all the issues with fuel and people panic buying (there is no need to). Over at Fencops, we have come up with a unique idea to avoid the traffic and save on fuel.

“Just attach a balloon to your car; it’s not a lot of hot air and we may be onto something here. Certainly makes for a dramatic entrance.

“Ok, it’s not April Fools day just a great timed photo.

“In all seriousness, there is no need to panic and buy fuel for the sake of it. Rest assured, there is no shortage of fuel and please keep yourselves safe when out on the road.”

Government Ministers yesterday urged motorists not to flock to the pumps and panic buy petrol.

While Edmund King, president of the AA, this morning said it was panic buyers rather than supply issues now creating a fuel shortage.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast he said: “Earlier in the week, there were some problems with the supply chain, as we know, due to a shortage of some lorry drivers, but that was only a localised problem.”

Mr King said the shortage had been exacerbated by “people going out and filling up when they really don’t need to”.

“If you think about it, 30 million cars out there, if they’ve all got half a tank (and) if they all rush out to fill up the rest of the tank and the tank is about 60 litres, that will put a strain on the system,” he added.

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