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Fight between ‘dads and sons’ breaks out on petrol station forecourt

Brits have been told not to panic buy petrol as there is plenty at the source, and any shortages are down to driver delays – but violence still flared in West Sussex

Chichester: Mass brawl breaks out at petrol station

A violent brawl broke out between four people – said to be two fathers and sons – at a petrol station amid fuel shortage fears.

Shocking footage shows the males fighting on the forecourt of an Esso station, said to be located in Chichester, West Sussex.

Brits have been told not to panic buy petrol as there is plenty at the source – and any shortages are down to driver delays.

But pictures have shown chaos at pumps across the nation on Saturday – with some people even using jerry cans to stockpile.

Video of the petrol station scrap has been shared on social media, where it is claimed it was two fathers and their sons fighting.

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The mad rush for fuel turned into violence
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The quartet are seen all yelling at each other at the start of the clip, before a punch is thrown.

The older men then begin fighting – prompting the younger pair to also become embroiled in a brawl.

During a brief lull, one of the fighters closest to the camera flicks back his long hair before continuing to exchange kicks and punches.

One is then heard pleading “leave it out” as they wrestle on the floor.

The fight lasts for at least a minute with an onlooker cheering as the fight plays out.



The brawl is said to have broken out in Chichester, West Sussex
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It then ends with one man seen putting his arm around another.

The UK Petroleum Industry Association has said distributors are working hard to replenish stocks after the president of the AA blamed panic-buying for the shortage of fuel.

The group, which is the trade association for the UK downstream oil sector, has said there are no issues with “production, storage or import of fuels” as drivers queued at petrol stations.

In a statement on Saturday, a spokesperson said: “There has been an increase in demand for fuels this week which is above and beyond what is usual.

“There are no reported issues with the production, storage, or import of fuels while distributors are working hard to replenish stocks at forecourts.

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“Customers should continue to buy fuel as they would normally.”

Earlier on Saturday, Edmund King, the head of the AA, said issues surrounding fuel should pass in a matter of days if drivers just stick to filling up when they need to, adding “there is plenty of fuel at source”.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast, Mr King said a shortage of lorry drivers had only been a “localised problem” earlier in the week.

His words come ahead of an expected announcement by the Government that visa rules for foreign lorry drivers will be relaxed.

“We were in discussions with Government ministers last night and we talked to the major fuel companies, and we can reiterate there is not a problem with supply at the source,” Mr King said.



Despite having a tanker delivery of fuel yesterday morning, the Esso garage at Tesco Emmer Green, Reading, was closed for petrol and diesel on Saturday
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“Earlier in the week, there were some problems with the supply chain, as we know, due to a shortage of some lorry drivers, but that was only a localised problem.”

Mr King said the shortage had been exacerbated by “people going out and filling up when they really don’t need to”.

“If you think about it, 30 million cars out there, if they’ve all got half a tank (and) if they all rush out to fill up the rest of the tank and the tank is about 60 litres, that will put a strain on the system,” he said.

Just one per cent of the country’s petrol stations are closed due to lack of fuel, it has been reported.

Up and down the UK drivers have been resisting government calls not to panic by heading out to their local garage for a tank top-up.







Fearful that disrupted supply lines will leave them unable to fill up, many motorists have been stuck in long queues for hours, battling those others who had a similar idea.

Industry professionals have said that while the queues may look dramatic, there is not too much cause for concern when it comes to actual petrol supply.

Less than 100 of the 8,350 filling stations in the UK have been forced to close, the Daily Mail reports.

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Around 20 BP garages have shut completely and a maximum of 100 have run out of at least one type of fuel.

A ‘small number’ of Tesco refilling stations have also been impacted, said Esso owner ExxonMobil, which runs the sites.


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