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Queues at pump after price error

A Tesco petrol station in Cambridgeshire was swamped with motorists after a faulty pump dispensed fuel for 40p a litre for nearly a week.

Queues built up around the forecourt in Milton, near Cambridge, as word spread about the bargain price.

It meant customers with a 50-litre tank were filling up on unleaded petrol for £20 instead of the usual 107p-a-litre price of £54.

Staff only became aware of the fault after hearing about it on local radio.

Technical fault

A customer who had taken advantage of the low price talked about it in a phone-in.

An engineer fixed the problem on Thursday, six days after it was first noticed by customers.

"This was a technical fault at the pump and an engineer has now rectified the problem," said a Tesco spokesman.

"Although we always aim to keep prices down at the pumps, unfortunately, we could not maintain this price indefinitely."

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