OK. Thieves steal £8.3 million of fuel from under Nick Clegg’s (official half) residence, Chevening House – above. From the Press Association:
Police have launched an investigation after thieves siphoned fuel from a pipeline running under Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg’s official country residence.
Police said initial indications were that it had been “a well organised crime”.
A gang drilled their way into the pipeline, which passes through Chevening House estate, shared by the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary.
The fuel was funnelled along a 1,600 foot pipe to an area just outside the 3,500 acre estate near Sevenoaks, Kent, and pumped into huge plastic containers aboard lorries, according to The Sun.
About 30,000 litres of fuel a day was stolen over seven months, with a value of £8.3 million at pumps.
The theft was discovered on Wednesday after new security measures were introduced on Esso’s South East Pipeline, the newspaper said.
Photo of Chevening House by Glen