West Drayton pair arrested for Colnbrook diesel thefts

A man and a teenager are due to appear before court next month, charged with stealing fuel and an attempted theft of fuel in Colnbrook, Slough.

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Charlie Ward, aged 30, of Colne Park caravan site, West Drayton, and a 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were arrested by officers on 22 April 2014 and later charged with two counts of theft of fuel from a vehicle, namely a lorry, and one count of attempted theft from a vehicle.

We understand that guard dogs from a local company were used to help Police track down and corner the pair leading to a dramatic arrest.  Police dogs could not be on the scene quickly enough and officers had otherwise been ready to give up.

Diesel theft has become a major issue in Colnbrook over the past month with police reporting several incidents at Colnbrook Lakeside, Poyle Industrial Estate, and Galleymead Industrial Estate every week, sometimes involving multiple vehicles.

However, Colnbrook Views’ own inquiries suggest the official reports are only the tip of the iceberg with drivers talking of incidents not reflected in the police reports, and diesel thieves brazenly stealing fuel even in well lit and apparently secure areas.

Diesel theft isn’t new but figures reported by the RAC indicate the activity has increased by over 50% since 2009.

Thieves are coming equipped with specialist siphoning equipment, and are typically able to carry out a theft in a matter of minutes.  Some are particularly reckless, cutting fuel lines and even drilling directly into fuel tanks – also leaving an environmental issue which can typically be seen as the responsibility of the landowner by the authorities.

Some of the police reports recently have indicated the driver has sometimes still been in his truck when the theft takes place.

The pair are due to appear before Reading Crown Court on 12 May for a preliminary hearing.

The charges relate to an incident on Colnbrook-By-Pass, Colnbrook, Slough, on the evening of 22 April.

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