Forecourt ‘Mistakes’ To Be Treated As Civil MatterMonday, 1st June 2015 at 10:05pm
According to the Falmouth Packet, leaving a petrol station without paying for fuel to be treated as a civil matter by Cornish police.
Devon and Cornwall Police received 1,600 reports across the two counties and the Isles of Scilly in 2015 where a customer had left without paying for fuel from a garage forecourt, and said that these are not offences of fraud or theft, where there are indications of intent, but in many cases are a mistake which is made right as soon as the motorist is informed.
Assistant Chief Constable Paul Netherton, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said, “Businesses need to use the civil recovery options already available to recover their losses.”
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