Update: Public in petrol panic in Louth and Mablethorpe

FILLING stations in the Louth and Mablethorpe area are reporting rife panic buying due to the threat of strike action.

Tanker drivers are threatening to take action next week but talks are ongoing.

Colin Darke of the John Darke garage in Grimsby Road, Louth said they had experienced ‘panic buying’ on a large scale.

“Monday was a great increase on what we normally have and Tuesday was much greater than that, but today (Wednesday) is manic,” he said.

“People are filling their tanks and getting supplies.

“Although we’re working ahead to keep deliveries coming we cannot guarantee we won’t run out.”

Meanwhile the Empire Garage in Alford Road, Mablethorpe is under similar pressure from motorists.

Hazel Lammin said: “There’s been lots of panic buying during the last three days.

“People been filling up £50 or £60 instead of just ten, we had a delivery this morning and have another at the weekend but when it’s gone it’s gone.”

“We’ll keep some back for the emergency services,” she added.

Conservative minister Francis Maude said on Wednesday morning that people should store ‘maybe a little in their garage in a jerrycan’ and Prime Minister David Cameron had earlier said it was a ‘sensible thing to do for people to top up their tanks’.

Labour leader Ed Miliband said the Tories had ‘ramped up the rhetoric’ by advising such measures.

It is thought that the armed forces might be asked to step in to provide deliveries should the strike go ahead.

Are you stocking up on fuel just in case, or is such a measure a recipe for disaster? Email your views to sam.kinnaird@jpress.co.uk.