Lincoln's Asda filling station runs dry due to panic buying
Fuel shortages have reached Lincoln as one of the city's major filling stations runs dry.
Panic buying has emptied the pumps at Asda's North Hykeham superstore which has been forced to close.
Asda assures customers that a fuel tanker is on its way to replenish stock and that fuel ran out because of panic buying not the result of a shortage in supplies.
An Asda spokesperson said: "Clearly customers have been filling their tanks and because we're the cheapest in town, we're their first choice, however we're working flat out behind the scenes to keep petrol in stock."
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"We apologise to our Lincoln customers if they find some pumps are running low but be assured that tankers are on the way."
The AA urge people not to panic buy as current fuel shortages are a result of bad advice not strike action and people are being urged not to change their normal petrol buying routines.
Large queues continue across the city's petrol stations.
Asda in Lister Way, Boston, is also currently out of petrol while lengthy lines of traffic have been reported at several other fuel outlets in the area, including Esso in John Adams Way, Tesco in Wyberton and BP in Eastwood Road.
Police Spokesman Dick Holmes said: "As a result of a variety of problems in other parts of the country Lincolnshire Police has received a number of calls from the media seeking clarification of the situation in our police area in respect of the so called panic buying of fuel.
"Research of our police computer incident logs reveals that prior to 4:00pm today we had been made aware of six service stations, situated in widely different areas of the county, where problems had been highlighted by members of the public.
"In all cases the problems related to queues of vehicles, with drivers waiting to buy fuel, backing up out onto the public highway and causing local congestion.
"The review of our incident logs has not revealed any examples of road rage or other public disorder nor had there been any resulting collisions or damage.
"It seems that drivers are acting calmly and within the law.
"Police advice is that drivers listen to the information reported frequently via national and local media. There is no current shortage of fuel other than that caused at some fuel outlets by trends of panic purchasing.
"The possible industrial action which may be taken by fuel supplier tanker drivers has not yet been confirmed. Therefore there is no need to stock up on fuel.
"We ask that people use their common sense and do not join fuel station queues that are encroaching onto the highway as they may become a potential hazard. The last thing we want is for anyone to be injured unnecessarily. Unless you are extremely low on fuel please continue your journey and refuel at a different location or at a time when the queues have receded.”
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