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Fleet NewsNet exclusive: fuel protests imminent

FUEL protests are currently being organised by campaign groups as the price of petrol at some pumps soared past the £1 a litre barrier.

One protest has already been announced for the north-east of England on June 9 but it is reported that others are being planned.

At least one garage in the Blackpool area is believed to be charging £1.09 pence-per-litre for normal unleaded and the average price in the UK yesterday was 82p a litre, or £3.70 a gallon.

In the year 2000, the price at the pumps reached a high of 85p a litre sparking protests from farmers and hauliers that nearly brought the UK to a halt.

There were go-slow convoys on motorways and oil refineries were picketed to prevent the delivery of supplies to petrol stations.

The UK Petrol Retailers' Association has predicted prices will continue to rise in the forecourts over the summer.

It joins other organisations in urging Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown not to introduce the planned 2p a litre increase in September.

Britain has been putting pressure on the oil cartel Opec to lift production quotas as its meeting in Beirut tomorrow.

But Farmers for Action has reportedly given the Government three days to take action against the fuel price rise and said it has overwhelming support for a new protest.

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