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Dartford motorists fined £1,000 in illegal fuel crackdown

PUBLISHED: 12:15 11 May 2015 | UPDATED: 12:15 11 May 2015

Police forced entry into the Grove Road house on Tuesday

Police forced entry into the Grove Road house on Tuesday

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Year-long operation covered whole county

Motorists using illegal fuel in Dartford were fined more than £1,000 as part of a crackdown by police.

Police and officers from HM Revenue and Customs carried out searches across the county, and issued on-the-spot fines totalling more than £7,000 to people caught filling their tanks with red diesel.

As well as the two motorists from Dartford, drivers were also fined in Stockbury, near Sittingbourne, Ashford, Canterbury and Sheppey.

It is illegal to use red diesel as fuel in a vehicle without a licence from HM Revenue and Customs.

The year-long operation, which ended last month, was known as Operation Flame.

Inspector Dave Smith, from Kent Police’s rural task force, said: “Since the beginning of the operation there has been a reduction in the number of reported thefts of red diesel from Kent’s rural communities.

“Some of the sites visited had also been reported to us for other illegal activities such as hare-coursing, which have now stopped.”

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