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Are we reaping rewards of falling fuel prices?

Crude oil prices have dropped to under $30 a barrel, but are the tumbling prices being reflected on our filling station forecourts?

In Maidstone most garages are selling petrol at more than £1 a litre. Diesel is just below that figure.

Campaigners for fairer fuel prices say unscrupulous retailers aren't making cuts, but filling station owners say they're struggling to survive because of falling margins.

Chris Halpin reports.

Fuel could soon be cheaper than bottled water

Fuel may end up being cheaper than bottled water - if oil prices continue to plummet, according to motoring experts today.

Oil prices have dropped 30% since the start of December - and it's predicted that prices will continue to fall, with drivers paying just 86p per litre for fuel in the coming months. Rachel Hepworth reports


Cost of diesel in Meridian region goes up again

For almost 15 years, petrol was cheaper than diesel. But this summer, for two months only the cost of diesel at the pump dropped below its counterpart.

Now though, the price of unleaded has dropped again. And diesel is once more the more expensive fuel.

Andrew Pate went to find out why - and what it means for us motorists here in the South.

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Petrol prices: what's the outlook?

Like the stuff itself, petrol and diesel prices are volatile. And whether you drive or not, your life is affected by them. When the cost of a litre started to skyrocket some years ago, freight organisations and drivers groups said it couldn't go on.

Well it hasn't - and much to many people's surprise, petrol's almost below a pound a litre - and according to the boss of Shell, prices will stay low for months. But what does this mean for companies, and consumers, around the south-east? David Johns has been finding out.

£81 of diesel stolen from petrol station

Man puts £81 of diesel into car and drives off with out paying Credit: Thames Valley Police

At 11.59am on Sunday 12 October, the offender dispensed £81.51 of diesel into their silver Range Rover BO64 BZS and left the forecourt without making payment.

Police are particularly interested in identifying the male shown in these CCTV images.

If you have any information which could help with the investigation, please contact PC Charlotte Owen via the Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101.

If you don't want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

Fuel prices slashed as petrol is cheapest since 2011

Driving will cost less for thousands across the south as supermarkets cut their fuel prices.

Asda, Sainsbury's and Tesco are today reducing the cost of their petrol and diesel by 2p a litre.

In Asda's case, the reduction means its customers will pay no more than 126.7p a litre for petrol, with diesel being 129.7p a litre - its lowest price since January 2011.

The impact of the shale oil extraction in the US is also causing global oil prices to fall Credit: PA Wire

Asda said a strengthening pound against the dollar had been the key driver behind the cuts.

The AA said average UK petrol prices fell to 131.12p a litre, with diesel down to 135.38p this weekend.


Fuel thief jailed after victim clung to car for half a mile

A teen has been jailed for 11 years after a petrol station owner was left with skull fractures following a fuel theft in Kent.

Joshua Charnley, 19, of no fixed abode, carried the victim on the bonnet of the car he was driving for almost half a mile after he had attempted to stop him leaving the scene.

CCTV, released by police, captures the terrifying ordeal in West Kingsdown in July last year.

As he was jailed at Canterbury Crown Court, Charnley was also told he would be disqualified from driving for 15 years.

Driver convicted after carrying man on car bonnet

A teenager who caused serious injuries to a man when he drove at him with his car and carried him on the bonnet, has been convicted of grievous bodily harm with intent.

Joshua Charnley, who's 19 and of no fixed address, had tried to drive off without paying for fuel at a petrol station in West Kingsdown near Sevenoaks.

The victim, who was the manager of the garage, was carried down the A20 on the car's bonnet for nearly half a mile. He suffered a fractured skull and liver damage. Charnley will be sentenced on Friday.

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