Businesses fuel diesel campaign

Pictured at the Operation Dynamo launch last year are (front) Unit Manager at Tarmac's Dene Quarry Rebecca Slater and (from left) Sgt Phil Hollington, Colin Higton, Maintenance Section Leader at Dene Quarry and Derbyshire Dales District Council's Crime Reduction Officer Karen Cooper
Pictured at the Operation Dynamo launch last year are (front) Unit Manager at Tarmac's Dene Quarry Rebecca Slater and (from left) Sgt Phil Hollington, Colin Higton, Maintenance Section Leader at Dene Quarry and Derbyshire Dales District Council's Crime Reduction Officer Karen Cooper

More businesses have signed up to a campaign to reduce thefts from diesel tanks.

To deter thieves, local businesses are joining Derbyshire Dales Community Safety Partnership’s Operation Dynamo – a scheme to dye diesel in tanks, making it identifiable when sold on or tracked by police.

Warning signs are being installed at businesses where diesel has been security marked - and the first prominent company to sign up to the security campaign at the end of last year was Tarmac, at its Dene Quarry site in Matlock.

Sergeant Phil Hollington, from Derbyshire police, said: “Fuel theft is currently low in the Dales, but we are conscious that high prices might attract interest in storage tanks and lorry fuel tanks.

“That’s why we would encourage more businesses to sign up to Operation Dynamo – we will help them take on board measures which will deter thieves.”

Three more Dales businesses have already joined the campaign – Bleaklow Industries at their Backdale Quarry at Longstone Edge and road haulage companies K & H Bakewell Limited and RD Geeson Limited of Middleton by Wirksworth.

K & H’s Jim Hollingworth said: “Fuel theft is a serious issue and we can help keep people safe by warning thieves of the potential dangers of trespassing onto working sites to obtain fuel illegally.”

In partnership with HM Customs, Operation Dynamo ensures vehicles are stopped and tanks dipped to see if any of the dyed diesel is identified as being on the road.

Derbyshire Dales District Council Leader Cllr Lewis Rose OBE, who is also chairman of the safety partnership, added: “We are proud of the Dales’ superb record as one of the lowest crime areas in the country, but we are not complacent.

“We are delighted more businesses are signing up to Operation Dynamo because initiatives such as this deter thieves and help us to maintain that record.”

Businesses interested in signing up to Operation Dynamo should contact Derbyshire Dales District Council’s Crime and Disorder Reduction Officer Karen Cooper on 01629 761187 or email karen.cooper@derbyshiredales.gov.uk.