A BLITZ on drivers dodging rocketing fuel prices by filling their tanks with “red diesel” was carried out by police over two days.
A total of 70 vehicles were stopped at roadblocks at a lay-by in Blackburn Road, Clayton-le-Moors, last Thursday and off Alan Ramsbottom Way, Great Harwood, the following day.
Customs and Excise officers carried out dipping to test for cheap industrial diesel, easily identifiable by its red colour, and issued one motorist with a £520 on-the-spot fine.
The roadblocks were part of a wider operation in and around the Riverside Industrial Estate, bringing traffic police together with various agencies, including trading standards, environmental health and DWP officers.
PC Johanna Bourne said: “This is a topical subject at the moment but the dipping was just a small part of the operation. We were going down there to blitz all the units on the industrial estate and check there was no fly tipping, illegal burning or other offences being committed.”