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Fill up and drive off

Incidents involving drivers filling up their vehicles with fuel and driving away without paying rose 15%, according to ANAREC, the Portuguese fuel dealers association.

This equates to an average of 150 “drive-offs” per day in August compared with 130 per day in February.

António Amaral, vice-president of ANAREC, said: “Something must be done to stop this type of crime as it could lead petrol stations to bankruptcy.

He added: “We estimate an average monthly loss of €240,000 on the country’s petrol stations network.”