HUGE queues at petrol stations spark panic buying amid fuel shortage fears.

HUGE queues are blocking access to petrol stations across the country amid fuel shortage fears.

Panic-buyers have been lining up from the early hours to fill their tanks - despite the government insisting motorists "carry on as normal".

On Thursday BP said it had closed a "handful" of its petrol forecourts due to a lock of available fuel.

A "small number" of Tesco refilling stations have also been impacted, Esso owner ExxonMobil, which runs the sites, said.

But hoards of drivers have been making late-night and early morning trips to stock up for fear the country's fuel supply could completely run out due to a lack of HGV delivery drivers.

One man visited the ASDA forecourt in Eastleigh, Hampshire, at 11pm last night only to be met by 20 other cars waiting to get in.

Another motorist was one of many waiting for his local garage in Hunstanton, Norfolk, to open at 6am.

Elsewhere, customers at a BP petrol station in Billericay, Essex, faced major delays this morning, and more than 30 vehicles lined up at the ASDA station at Brighton Marina, East Sussex.

One woman in Surrey said she even witnessed an "old guy" squeeze £2.65 worth of fuel into his tank "before it overflowed onto the floor".

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has tried to dissuade drivers from panic buying petrol, telling Sky News: "The advice would be to carry on as normal, and that is what BP is saying as well."

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