Men looking to cash in amid the fuel shortage crisis reportedly set-up shop outside an empty petrol station selling jerry cans of fuel.

The budding entrepreneurs were reportedly charging inflated prices as drivers arrived desperate to fill up.

Officers were called to the service station in East Grinstead, West Sussex at 10pm on Sunday.

But the Del Boy and Rodney imitators were challenged by staff members and had scampered by the time Sussex Police arrived.

It is not known how much they were charging for a can of fuel.

Mid Sussex Neighbourhood Policing Inspector Darren Taylor posted: "Team received reports yesterday @ 10pm of two young males trying to sell petrol from Jerry cans to motorists looking to fill up in East Grinstead.

Drivers have been coming to blows amid the fuel panic buying as four men clashed on a forecourt at Esso in Sidlesham, near Chichester (

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"Not only were they trying to sell petrol at inflated prices but they were trying to sell it on the forecourt of a petrol station!!!"

Mike Ricketts commented: "Enterprising but I guess it is illegal."

Megan Stow added: "Supply and demand - watch out dragons den."

It comes as chaotic scenes unfolded at garages across the country.

At a Texaco garage in south London on Sunday, people queued up in the hopes of filling their vehicles ahead of the start of the week.

Four men clashed on a forecourt at Esso in Sidlesham, near Chichester (

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A sign informs motorists of 'No Fuel' as a Texaco petrol station waits for a delivery on September 27, 2021 in Northwich (

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And after one car conked out just yards from the pumps, several people leapt into action and rolled it forwards.

BP announced on Thursday evening that it was closing some pumps and rationing petrol and diesel because of a lack of lorry drivers, despite reassurances from the Government and sector experts that there was no shortage of fuel.

This led to many motorists panic-buying fuel over the weekend with the company then confirming on Sunday that nearly a third of its British petrol stations had run out of the two main grades of fuel.

Downing Street suspended competition law in an attempt to get a grip of the shortages.

The decision comes after Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng met with oil companies and retailers yesterday with thousands of petrol stations running dry.

A scuffle at a north London petrol station was posted on social media as motorists waited to fill up their tanks in a bout of "frenzied buying".

Fuel pumps are marked "Sorry out of use" as a Shell petrol station (

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Mr Kwarteng has opted to temporarily exempt the industry from the Competition Act to allow it to share information so it can target areas where fuel supply is running low.

The triggering of what is known as the Downstream Oil Protocol comes as the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) warned that as many as two-thirds of its membership of nearly 5,500 independent outlets was out of fuel, with the rest of them "partly dry and running out soon".

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