UK petrol shortage: Video shows moped-riding thug shove North London petrol station worker to the ground

A video shows a customer desperate for petrol push over a station worker at 1.07pm on the forecourt of a BP petrol station in Haverstock Hill, Belsize, Sunday 26th September.

Nerali Kirit Patel, owner of the petrol station in Camden, says she was assaulted and racially abused by the man who had allegedly cut the queue for petrol for his moped.

The footage, which was captured just past 1pm on Sunday (26th September), shows him pushing her to the ground. As well as assaulting her, Nerali claims that he spat racial abuse.

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Nerali said he cut the line, and then grew angry when told the tanks were empty.

She said: “We understand that people are struggling for fuel. Since Thursday me and my staff have only had a few hours sleep.

It unfolded at a North London petrol station

“We all knew people would get angry and boil over but I never expected to be assaulted and abused. There is literally nothing I can do about it. If I have no fuel how am I supposed to give anyone else fuel?

“When I told the moped driver there was no fuel left he hit me with the nozzle of the petrol pump then pushed me to the ground.

“I turned my back to him to start with but he racially abused me and when I turned around he started attacking me.”

Nerali was helped by members of the public and her colleagues who intervened to help her. The police arrested the moped driver.

She was quick to mention that most people she had come into contact with during the fuel crisis were polite and understanding about the whole situation.

She labelled the angry and violent ones a ‘small minority’.

The video of the racist attack comes as violence erupted at the same North London petrol station just a day after.

A moped driver launched a flying kick at another driver on Monday September 27th.

There is also a video of this attack that was filmed by bystanders on the scene.

The scene shows chaos and frustration that ensued in many petrol stations across the capital over the weekend as people desperately attempted to fill up their vehicles.

Motorists queuing for fuel have caused havoc on the roads and the emergency services have also struggled to fill up, with ambulances and police also stuck in queues.

Many petrol stations have been forced to close amid panic buying. The chaos is being blamed on the knock-on effect of the HGV driver shortage on the UK’s transport industry.

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Regarding Nerali’s experience a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said that they responded to calls reporting that a man had been assaulted.

The Sun have reported that it was the moped driver who had called the police, after a member of the public knocked over his moped when attempting to restrain him.

The Met told us: “Police were called at 13:48hrs on Sunday, 26 September following reports that a man had been assaulted at a petrol station on Haverstock Hill, NW3.

“Officers attended. No injuries were reported.

“One man was arrested on suspicion of assault and a racially aggravated public order offence. He has been released under investigation.

“Enquiries into the circumstances are ongoing.”

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