PM fuels panic as drivers are urged to fill up

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THE GOVERNMENT was accused of provoking panic yesterday after ministers urged motorists to stockpile petrol ahead of possible fuel tanker strikes.

David Cameron chaired a meeting of the Cobra committee, normally only convened in times of emergency, to discuss how to keep supplies going.

Downing Street later insisted that while “motorists should consider keeping their tanks topped up”, there is no shortage.

And as the Unite union welcomed talks with Acas in a bid to avoid industrial action, cabinet office minister Francis Maude suggested that “a bit of extra fuel in a jerry can in the garage is a sensible precaution to take”.

The AA yesterday pleaded with drivers to “not turn a rumour into a crisis” by panic-buying.