Police have issued a message to drivers across Lancashire amid the current surge in demand for fuel.

Many pumps across the county have been left dry after a spike in customers panic-buying fuel.

This came after it was reported that BP had to close a handful of forecourts late last week due to not having any fuel.

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Since then, motorists across the country have been seen flocking to petrol stations to stock up - despite petrol stations and Government stressing that there is no national shortage.

This in turn has led to many people being unable to fill up their vehicles when they need to.

In some cases, arguments have broken out on forecourts and police assistance has been needed. Some public transport has faced delays as a result of queues and there have been reports of people electing to work from home due to lack of confidence in the supply.

In Lancashire, there have not been any 'significant issues' reported to police.

However, the force has issued a message to drivers urging them to not panic buy and only fill up when necessary.

A spokesperson for Lancashire Police told LancsLive: "Clearly we want people to be respectful and mindful of their behaviour but as far as I’m aware we’ve not experienced significant issues around behaviour or arguments.

"Our general message is we are asking people not to panic buy and only fill up as and when necessary."

Companies have said they expect the pressure on forecourts to ease in the coming days, with many cars carrying more fuel than usual.

However the chairman of the Petrol Retailers Association (PRA), Brian Madderson, said that there was little sign of that happening – with social media driving the dash to the pumps.

“Disappointingly the messages I’m getting this morning from our retailers are that panic buying does continue,” he told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.

“One of the reasons for this is social media. As soon as the tanker arrives at a filling station people on social media are advising that a tanker has arrived and it is like bees to a honeypot.

“Everyone flocks there and within a few hours it is out again.”

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