Surrey’s chief constable has appealed to motorists not to panic buy at petrol stations as demand for fuel rose ahead of a possible strike.
Lynne Owens said officers were deployed to forecourts on Thursday when motorists’ tempers became frayed.
She said: “Everybody just needs to calm down and revert back to their normal buying behaviour.”
Strike action over Easter by fuel tanker drivers was ruled out by the Unite union on Friday.
Surrey Police said the current closure of some petrol stations in the county was due to an increase in demand, not a fuel shortage.
“Members of the public are encouraged to purchase fuel as and when they normally would,” it said in a statement.
“Forming long queues outside petrol stations may obstruct the highway and police may take action where queues are hazardous and pose a danger to public safety.”
Surrey police chief: Fuel panic buyers ‘need to calm down’