Two women convicted of stealing about £2,000 worth of fuel from petrol stations around Salisbury have been given community orders.

Caroline Coker, 42, of Odstock Road, was given a driving disqualification of two years, an 18 month community order, 19 days of rehabilitation and ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work. She had earlier pleaded guilty to 25 bilking offences as well as driving a vehicle without a licence and insurance.

After pleading guilty to six bilking offences, Cayley Tuxworth, 26, from Marchwood, Southampton, was sentenced to a 12 month community order with 10 rehabilitation days and 80 hours unpaid work.

In 31 separate incidents spanning approximately four months from September 2018 to March 2019 the women filled up large containers in the rear of different vehicles, or filled up the tanks with fuel and left without paying – an offence known as ‘bilking’.

They tried to hide their actions and to avoid security cameras.

PC James Barrett said: “Between September and March, we received a large number of reports of thefts of fuel from petrol stations in and around Salisbury.”

“We carried out a detailed investigation to link the offences together and identify those responsible and I am pleased that they have now been sentenced for their actions.”

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