Brawl breaks out at petrol station forecourt as tension flare over fuel shortage fears

A MASS brawl has broken out at an Esso fuel station as a mad rush for petrol turned violent.

Four men erupted into a bloody fight in the forecourt of an Esso petrol station in Chichester on Friday.


The altercation, which was filmed and shared on Facebook, shows what's believed to be a father and son confronting another dad and his son over fuel, according to a social media post.

The men are seen yelling at each other and get close and personal before the parents break out into a scuffle on the bonnet of a car and their sons fight on the floor.

The tussle lasts for a good minute and onlookers cheer the men as they beat each other up in front of tens of drivers before stopping and making up.

This comes as drivers set to be hit with a £30 limit on fuel after panic buyers queued at petrol stations across the country amid shortage fears.

Police have been forced to marshal motorists after they raced to forecourts to fill their tanks up.

And selfish drivers have started filling up jerry cans with fuel after queuing from the early hours of this morning.

The government has now urged drivers to "carry on as normal" amid the chaotic scenes.

And hundreds of petrol stations are now planning to impose a £30 fuel cap per driver to ensure everyone has a “fair chance to refuel”.

The EG Group, which has 341 petrol stations in the UK, confirmed the emergency services and lorry drivers would not be affected.

A spokesperson said: “Due to the current unprecedented customer demand for fuel and associated supply challenges we have taken the decision to introduce a limit of £30 per customer on all of our grades of fuel.

"This excludes HGV drivers and emergency services due to their vital role at this time.

"This is a company decision to ensure all our customers have a fair chance to refuel and to enable our sites to carry on running smoothly.

"We kindly ask everyone visiting our sites to treat our colleagues, supply chain partners and customers with respect during these very challenging times.

"All of EG Group’s UK sites remain open and operational to serve customers.”

Hundreds of motorists blocked roads yesterday after fears over a fuel shortage due to a lack of HGV delivery drivers sparked panic buying in Britain.

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Cops were even scrambled to forecourts to manage queues and keep traffic moving as tensions flared.

Up to 100 BP petrol stations have been affected by the loss of fuel with around 20 of the company's 1,200 forecourts closed.

Boris Johnson has now agreed to temporarily loosen immigration rules so foreign HGV drivers can work in Britain to help with the crisis.

But No10 warns any measures introduced would be “very strictly time-limited”.

Ministers are also said to be drawing up emergency plans to bring soldiers in to drive tankers to forecourts suffering supply issues.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has urged drivers not to panic buy and told drivers to "carry on as normal".

A Downing Street spokesman said: "We have ample fuel stocks in this country and the public should be reassured there are no shortages.

"But like countries around the world we are suffering from a temporary Covid-related shortage of drivers needed to move supplies around the country.

"We're looking at temporary measures to avoid any immediate problems, but any measures we introduce will be very strictly time-limited.

"We are moving to a high-wage, high-skilled economy and businesses will need to adapt with more investment in recruitment and training to provide long-term resilience.



 

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