Driv­ers hit by four-month high on fuel

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DRIV­ERS have been hit with the largest weekly in­crease in fuel since early Jan­uary, new fig­ures show.

The av­er­age cost of a litre of petrol and diesel rose by 1.2p last week to £1.18 and £1.20 re­spec­tively, ac­cord­ing to data from the Depart­ment for Busi­ness, En­ergy and In­dus­trial Strat­egy.

RAC fuel spokesman Si­mon Wil­liams said the price of fuel has “sadly shot up” as a re­sult of Storm Har­vey dis­rupt­ing oil re­fin­ing in Texas, whereas the hike in diesel is more down to a two-dol­lar rise in the price of a bar­rel of oil over the past week.

He said: “This is bad news for mo­torists who have had two con­sec­u­tive months of pump price rises and now face a third.

“On a more pos­i­tive note, the whole­sale price of un­leaded dropped on Mon­day so this may bring some much-needed re­lief on the fore­court.

“This is as a re­sult of the dam­age to the oil in­fra­struc­ture in Texas caused by Storm Har­vey prov­ing to be less ex­ten­sive than had been feared and many re­finer­ies are now com­ing back on­line.” COM­POSER Mozart kept a di­ary of ev­ery in­ci­dent when he heard some­one fart.

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