Farmers told: protect fuel

The CLA is urging farmers across Yorkshire to protect their fuel supplies following reports of a rural crime wave.

Rocketing fuel prices and shortages of heating oil have led to a rise in the number of farmers having their vehicle and heating fuel stolen, according to insurers. Edmund Sword of CLA Insurance Services (CLAIS) said: “Due to high global oil prices we are seeing an extraordinary increase in the price of fuel, which has triggered an increase in thefts from farms.

Both diesel and petrol prices have gone up by more than six pence a litre in just one month.”