Almost 20 motorists have driven off without paying at Derry petrol stations over the past two years, new police figures reveal.
The PSNI say a total of 17 offences were reported in Derry forecourts between January 1, 2011 and the end of July this year - four offences were subsequently not recorded as a crime while the remaining 13 were deemed as an offence.
“Out of the 13 offences classified as a crime one person was prosecuted for three offences in connection with the incident,” a PSNI spokesman said.
Known as ‘bilking’, the offence of drving off without paying is reported to have increased sharply in both the UK and Ireland. Last week the Petrol Retailers’ Association welcomed new Crown Prosecution Service guidelines allowing for more prosecutions.