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Lincoln's Asda filling station runs dry due to panic buying

By AlexColman  |  Posted: March 29, 2012

  • The closed sign outside the Asda filling station in North Hykeham

  • The queuing motorists at Tesco in Canwick Road, Lincoln. Picture: Ian Thurlby

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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."

"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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  • mummy91  |  April 04 2012, 10:57PM

    I don't agree with unnecessary filling up, but we recently went from Lincolnshire to Yorkshire on holiday (unfortunately, during all this!) and put £80 in the car, to last the whole holiday and for any sight-seeing. This would've been a royal pain, topping up £10 & £20 here & there. Especially stuck on motorways, etc. Everybody's circumstances differ. Just down to each individual to be sensible, and that's where the problem is.

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  • examiner2  |  March 30 2012, 9:59AM

    Apparently the Government has just issued new advice to pessimists. They should only top up when their tank is half empty.

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  • linnylou56  |  March 30 2012, 9:17AM

    Selfish people who are panic buying fuel need to stop and ask themselves what would happen should they or a member of their family need emergency services only to be told Sorry we can't get to him/ her/ you as we have no fuel ... Garage's should be limiting cars to £10 or £20 each

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  • helgy2  |  March 30 2012, 9:04AM

    I noticed that the OECD put us in just ahead of the Italians 2nd bottom. We are now in recession and despite what they tell you borrowing more,just goes to show people will believe anything ,austerity rules are hammer the poor while claiming we are all in it together.

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  • examiner2  |  March 30 2012, 8:37AM

    People over the next few days and next week will keep full tanks. The petrol stations will be replenished in the next few days, So if the strike is called in 7 days there will be full tanks in cars and full tanks at the stations making the impact of the strike longer to kick in. Secondly those people who filled their tanks and normally use that amount over a few weeks will not be taking limited supplies for people who need it to work or commercial usage. So whether it was a reasoned ploy by the government or a stupid comment will shall never know. Either way its doubled the storage capacity and if limits on filling up are imposed people will be topping by £10 & £20 at a time instead filling from empty. Thirdly it's deflected the storm that would have been yesterday about the country being back in recession.. I guess we missed that bit.

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  • bigyellabelly  |  March 30 2012, 8:20AM

    Not only do these dopes queue for petrol they don't need, but always know the price at every pump for miles!

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  • moo2000  |  March 30 2012, 4:27AM

    Absolutely unbelievable. What a bunch of selfish moronic sheep the people of Lincoln have become.

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  • 917199  |  March 29 2012, 11:26PM

    I wish people wouldnt moan at ourselfs over this, we should all be hanging the idiot that sparked it in the first place.....

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  • FreedomSpeech  |  March 29 2012, 10:46PM

    Obviously it wasn't aimed at those genuinely in need of fuel herder, just the brain-dead morons who love a good panic, can't think for themselves (hence it's all The Government's fault) and who are depriving those who do actually NEED more fuel.

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  • camelherder  |  March 29 2012, 9:31PM

    ""I wonder how much fuel was wasted by drivers sitting in queues with their engines running", Quite a bit judging by the number of engines running in the queue at Morrisons in Lincoln this morning. "Moronic, pathetic, hysterical sheep." Please don't tar everyone with the same brush. I had to put fuel in my motor this morning as a little orange light on my dash board was informing me that unless I did I wasn't going anywhere.

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