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Wrong fuel costs police 23,000

Damage to police vehicles caused by using the wrong type of fuel has cost the Avon and Somerset force more than 23,000 over the past three years.

Since 2005, more than 100 cars have been put out of action by civilian staff and officers who put petrol in a diesel tank and vice versa.

A spokesman said the constabulary was looking at ways to reduce the problem.

"It happens about 50 times a year which sounds a lot but we actually fill up about 57,000 times in total," he said.

Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act show the force spent 8,870 on wrong-fuel repairs during financial year 2007/8.

The year before the cost was 8,353 and the 2005/06 bill was 6,074.



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