Police have begged the people of Devon and Cornwall to stop panic buying petrol and diesel in both counties – stating there is no fuel shortage.
Devon and Cornwall Police posted the plea to social media earlier today (September 25) and said panic buyers clogging up roads could delay emergency services reaching their destination.
A spokesperson for the force urged people to act “sensibly” and to not rush out to get fuel if they do not need it.
The spokesperson said: “Communities in Devon and Cornwall are being reminded that there is no fuel shortage in either county – and there is no need to panic buy.
“Concerns about a shortage of fuel have led to an increase in the number of motorists visiting filling stations.
“This has caused queues and congestion on some roads, which can cause delays to other motorists and have an impact on critical and emergency services.”
They added reports of a shortage had not impacted the police, and that the force has not been affected by running out of petrol.
“We are calling for the public to behave sensibly and not panic buy,” the spokesperson added.
This comes as multiple filling stations across Devon and Cornwall have seen queues across today – leading to congestion around them.
A rise in fuel prices sparked fuel shortages in a small number of petrol stations across the UK.
While the shortages are currently small, it has led to a national panic buying frenzy.
In North Devon, one company poked fun at the situation.
The Big Sheep family attraction, in Abbotsham, wrote on Facebook: “We are flocking to the fuel stations here in North Devon?!!
“Which fuel stations have no fuel? Let’s try and help one another by not filling up – just get enough for yours needs and we will all be ok.”
A389 Dennison Road, Bodmin, has seen “heavier than normal” traffic while people queue for fuel since around 11.20am today.
Meanwhile, in Devon, A379 Bitton park Road, Teignmouth, is also rammed as a result of people panic buying fuel.
You can keep up to date with the latest traffic reports here on our live coverage of today’s events.
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