Car and van are crushed af­ter use in fuel theft

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Rotary Corner - By David Sey­mour

Two ve­hi­cles seized by po­lice fol­low­ing a £ 6,000 diesel theft at a brick­works at King’s Dyke, near Whit­tle­sey, have been de­stroyed. The Ford Galaxy car and Iveco van­were­crushe­do­nMon­dayat Peter­bor­ough Metal Re­cy­cling, in Oxney Road, af­ter a suc­cess­ful ap­pli­ca­tion to the courts by Cam­bridgeshire po­lice.

It fol­lowed the con­vic­tion of To­masStaciuke­vi­cius, of Crawthorne Road, Peter­bor­ough, and friend Mar­i­jus Me­jeris, of North­field­Road, Peter­bor­ough, in re­la­tion to a fuel thef­tatHan­son, in Lon­donRoad, in the early hours of Jan­uary 22.

Po­lice caught the pair, aged 29 and 27 re­spec­tively at the time of their con­vic­tion in May, in a car park with more than 200 con­tain­ers of diesel, val­ued at £ 6,043 in to­tal, which had been stolen mo­ments be­fore from lor­ries be­long­ing to the brick man­u­fac­turer.

The Ford Galaxy was filled with 19 cans of diesel, while the Iveco van had 75 con­tain­ers near it and 175 con­tain­ers in it, all filled with diesel.

Staciuke­vi­cius was jailed for eight months af­ter plead­ing guilty to han­dling stolen go o d s a nd go - ing equipped for theft, while Me­jeris was given an eight- month prison term sus­pended for two years as well as a three- month curfew.

BothStaciuke­vi­ciu­sandMe­jeris were banned from driv­ing for one year and Judge Nic Madge said at Peter­bor­ough Crown Court the car and van should be seized.

It has taken un­til this week for the car and van to be de­stroyed af­ter the de­fen­dants fought to save the ve­hi­cles from the scrap­yard, a spokesman­for Cam­bridgeshire po­lice told the Peter­bor­ough Tele­graph.

Det Con Ahmed Ishaq, who led the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, said de­struc­tions are ap­proved “very rarely”.

He said: “I think po­lice have al­waystried to haveve­hi­cles­de­stroyed, bu­tit’s dif­fi­cult­tomake courts go for it.”

He said in this in­stance, how­ever, the court was per­suaded by the quan­ti­ties in­volved in the theft - with a to­tal of 4,748 litres taken from Han­son’s brick­works.

He s a i d: “I t doesn’t hap­pen that of­ten. Cam­bridgeshire po­lice are try­ing to push f or more de­struc­tions to ham­per th­ese crim­i­nals.”

Headded: “It’s a good re­sult. We­have got th­ese crim­i­nals off the road. We have got a large pro­por­tion of fuel that was stolen back to the site as well and ob­vi­ously word gets around Cam­bridgeshire po­lice is pa­trolling the area.”

The full force of the law ... one of the seized ve­hi­cles at Peter­bor­ough Metal Re­cy­cling, in Oxney Road.

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