TWO men have been arrested after they left a petrol station without paying and stole £161 worth of fuel.

Police say the incident happened soon after 4pm yesterday November 11 at a service station on the A19 near Thirsk.

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A member of public spotted two men filling up large plastic drums with fuel, however they left the forecourt in their van without paying.

The member of public watched them leave and quickly phoned 999, according to police, and police officers immediately headed towards the area.

Pulling into another petrol station police were just around the corner and boxed the van in.

Officers say they found half a dozen containers of fuel inside the vehicle, some of which were reportedly leaking.

Two men in their 30s were arrested on suspicion of theft.

The Thirsk fuel station contacted police to say the van had made off with £161 worth of fuel.

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Police say the men have since been interviewed and charged.


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