Drivers have been teased on social media after they queued for three hours to get into a petrol station that was closed.
Birmingham Live reports that about 100 motorists lined up in the East Midlands village of Burnaston amid a national bout of panic-buying that has left pumps empty up and down the country.
But after it was revealed that the garage was not open that day, Derbyshire Police took to Facebook to throw scorn at the drivers' “fuel-ish” behaviour.
Writing on the force’s neighbourhood community page, Swadlincote Police said: “We were called to a rural garage near Burnaston today following reports of queues of traffic in the local area."
“Arriving at the unmanned petrol station on the extremely fast-flowing A516 roadway, officers observed long queues of cars attempting to enter the petrol station."
“Bizarrely, it soon became clear that the drivers had been queuing at a petrol station for several hours despite the fact that the garage was not open to the public and was unable to serve fuel following unknown persons who had caused damage to some of the petrol and diesel pumps.”
They are also searching for two men in a white van who started making threats to officers when they were asked questions about their reasons for heading to the rural fill-up spot:
“An investigation is underway to locate two men in a white van who made threats to an officer at the scene after they were asked to leave the petrol station.”
They added: “When asked how much fuel he’d used looking for petrol he finally appeared to grasp the lack of solid ground his argument stood upon.”
It was revealed this morning that army tanker drivers are being trained up to make deliveries to forecourts to ease the impact of panic-buying on the country's petrol supplies.
With scenes emerging in the last 48 hours of drivers fighting at the pump and pulling knives on each other, the government have insisted that there is enough fuel to go round if everybody "buys normally".
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