SOME petrol stations across Herefordshire are remaining open for emergency services only after a high demand from panic buyers led to shortages.

Texaco in Commercial Road, Hereford, is currently only open to blue-light services.

Griffiths garage in Leintwardine is still open to the public, but will restrict sales to emergency services only if the fuel starts to decrease rapidly.

Director Alex Griffiths said: "We’ve been resupplied this morning out of Kingsbury terminal where there are no problems and have good stocks of diesel, unleaded and super unleaded.

"We’re still operating at a £30 limit with priority in the queues for blue- light and key workers. We are discouraging the use of jerry cans.

“It’s really important that drivers only take what they need, stations can maintain full availability if people buy fuel as they would normally.

"We remain open for blue-light services if levels run low so that local ambulance and police staff can turn in for their shifts and our local fire engine can remain available for emergencies."


However, the West Midlands Ambulance Service has not yet been affected.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We have our own fuel supplies and have not been affected.”

Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue service is working as normal.

Group Commander Phill Sanders said: “It’s business as usual for the fire service. We are working with our local partners and currently have no concerns over supplies.”

We are awaiting a response from West Mercia Police.