Havant fraudster admits seven counts of stealing fuel

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A MAN admitted fraudulently obtaining fuel from a string of petrol stations across Hampshire and West Sussex.

Darryn McClelland pleaded guilty to seven counts of fraud by false representation at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court.

All of the offences were committed between February 20 and November 11 last year, the court heard.

McClelland, of Curdridge Close, Havant, fled petrol stations in Arundel, West Sussex, Havant, Aldershot, Portsmouth, Rowlands Castle and Liphook.

The court heard he also targeted a petrol station in Oxfordshire.

On each occasion he filled up the vehicle he was travelling in with fuel, then claimed he had no means to pay and filled in a declaration form saying he would settle up within seven days.

However the 25-year-old did not pay any of the bills as he had promised.

The exact value of the fuel stolen has not been revealed.

McClelland, was given a 24-month conditional discharge.

He was told to pay a £15 victim surcharge, £65 costs and £160.03 compensation.