Criminals target red diesel

17 December 1999

Criminals target red diesel

CRIMINAL gangs are targeting “red” or agricultural diesel from farms, according to the farmers insurance business, the NFU Mutual.

The insurance group reports a spate of thefts in the past few months. Red diesel attracts a 3p/gal rate of duty, against 50p for ordinary DERV.

NFU Mutual also reports increased thefts of agricultural equipment, including tractors, which it believes are being smuggled into East European countries.

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