Two members of a Sri Lankan gang which stole £235,000 worth of fuel from filling stations across the south of England were jailed for a total of four-and-a-half years today (FRI).

Pathmasri Sivakumar, 33, and Maruthy Ramkumar, 32, were caught red handed buying £150 of diesel using a cloned Allstar payment card by undercover police.

They were part of a huge conspiracy involving thousands of purchases at garages ranging from Bristol to East Sussex and Kent and as far north as Oxfordshire.

More than 750 litres of the fuel was stored dangerously under a block of flats in Colindale, northwest London, before it was sold off.

Sivakumar and Ramkumar, who both have previous convictions for dishonesty in this country, were linked to vehicles involved in thefts of around £143,000 of fuel.

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