Portsmouth petrol: Live updates petrol panic buying at BP, Shell and Tesco causes disruption in Portsmouth

TENSIONS are spilling over as a fight has broken out at a forecourt in Portsmouth amid a rush to get fuel.

By Ben Fishwick
Saturday, 25th September 2021, 12:00 pm

The incident happened at Shell, in Hilsea, as two van drivers clashed on Saturday morning.

Sainsbury’s in Farlington has put up a sign saying ‘no fuel’ today.

Yesterday the BP Petrol stations in Park Lane, Bedhampton and Havant Road, Emsworth, have run out of fuel and had to close their forecourts – and now the pumps at the BP in Eastern Road, Portsmouth, have also shut along with the site in West Street, Portchester.

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It comes as transport secretary Grant Shapps yesterday urged motorists not to ‘panic buy’ fuel.

A lack of HGV drivers has sparked a fuel crisis, with BP closing the forecourts of a ‘handful’ of petrol stations over the last day.

Mr Shapps said: ‘I’ll move heaven and Earth to do anything that’s required to make sure that lorries carry on moving our goods and services and petrol around the country.’

No fuel at Sainsbury's in Farlington, Portsmouth, on September 25. Picture: Richard Lemmer

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Updates on Saturday as petrol stations run out of fuel and queues start at other garages in Portsmouth

Last updated: Saturday, 25 September, 2021, 15:42

  • A fight broke out at the Shell garage in Hilsea over fuel queues
  • Paramedics have struggled to get fuel despite the warning not to panic buy

BP warned situation was ‘bad, very bad’, a week ago

At a meeting a week ago, BP reportedly told the Government that the company was struggling to get fuel to its forecourts.

Its head of UK retail Hanna Hofer described the situation as “bad, very bad”, according to a report by ITV News.

BP had “two-thirds of normal forecourt stock levels required for smooth operations”, she said, adding that the level is “declining rapidly”.

Prime Minster allegedly requested ‘emergency’ food from Brazil

Brazil’s president has said Boris Johnson requested an “emergency” deal to import a food product facing shortages in England.

Jair Bolsonaro did not state what the product was, but the alleged plea came as the Prime Minister faced warnings over the possible shortages of turkeys this Christmas.

Downing Street said it had a different recollection of the right-wing populist’s account of the conversation, but did not comment further.

Brazil is a major exporter and producer of turkey meat, one of the products which it is feared could be lacking on shelves in the coming months as markets strain under a series of issues.

Drone footage shows vehicles snaking back from Shell garage in Portsmouth

Queues at the Shell petrol station in Eastern Road, Portsmouth. Picture: Marcin Jedrysiak

State of the BP petrol stations around the area

Brockhurst Road, Gosport - open and has petrol

Broom Way , Leigh-on-the-Solent - open, has normal petrol, no super unleaded

West Street, Portchester, Fareham - open but petrol has sold out

Northern Road, Cosham - open, has petrol but no diesel

Elettra Avenue, Waterlooville - open, has petrol and diesel

Commercial Road, Portsmouth - Open but petrol sold out

Panic buying traffic has reached Wickham

Shell in Wickham
Shell in Wickham

Queues for the Sainsbury's petrol station in Broadcut, Fareham, stretch for more than 100 yards up to the roundabout with the Wickham Road in one direction, and along the A32 towards the Delme roundabout in another.

Drone footage captures the scale of the queues in Farlington

This Portsmouth petrol station has become latest to run out fuel

BP petrol station in Eastern Road, Portsmouth becomes the latest to run out of fuel. Picture: Marcin Jedrysiak

A Portsmouth petrol station has become the latest to shut its pumps after running out of fuel.

It was one of the garages that had confirmed it was open earlier this morning - but hadn’t been able to say how much long they would continue to have fuel.

Reports of issues getting into a Tesco in Portsmouth

Major disruptions across the city due to panic buying

Long queues at Asda petrol station in Fratton. Picture: Mike Cooter (240921)

Read our latest report on all the traffic disruption this morning:


- Issues on Goldsmith Avenue

- Green Road partially blocked

- Long queues in Fratton

And more.

Major disruption in Farlington

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