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in the Stranraer area have been thrown into crisis this week
after panicking motorists swamped petrol stations.
Petrol and diesel
ran dry on Tuesday with many stations putting sold out signs
on their pumps the night before as protests on fuel depots
supplies in particular were cut off to normal vehicles early
to protect vital fuel for emergency vehicles.
Soon after Government
advice to motorists not to panic it was pandemonium on the
streets as drivers looked to fill up their tanks.
station saw queues stretch right along Hanover Street and
part of London Road. They closed just before midday on Tuesday
and were the last in Stranraer to sell unleaded. Castle Kennedy
station was one of the first to put up 'Sorry no fuel left'
signs. Mirrey Self Serve in Stoneykirk Road and Portrodie
filling station were left with only diesel supplies on Tuesday
and expected that to dry up later in the day.Owner
of both Derek Mould told the 'Free Press' he had seen nothing
like it during his time as owner.
"We have had
three days sales out in both places in just one day", he
hit us on Monday and although we had enough to last us until
Thursday under normal circumstances, unleaded fuel was gone
by Monday. It really was just panic buying".