A petrol station owner is taken to a hospital in north London after he was allegedly assaulted and racially abused.
Nerali Patel, 38, was the latest victim of Britain’s petrol crisis, which has already seen key workers unable to go to work and courtroom disputes.
Ms Patel, a mother of two, claims a moped driver hit her in the face with a petrol tip and pushed her to the ground while repeatedly saying “p***”.
She said riders had turned aggressive after closing the forecourt at Haverstock Hill in north London on Sunday when the pumps ran dry.
Angry motorists allegedly told Ms Patel that she was lying and started scolding her.
“He called me af***ing p*** and said ‘I know you’re lying and you have fuel, you’re af***ing badass’,” she said Sun.
He continued: “I turned my back and I just said, ‘Listen, this is the last moped, he’s been waiting for half an hour.’
“He kept swearing at me. He then grabbed the nozzle and I explained to him that there’s no point in roughing up with that nozzle because there’s nothing in the tanks.
“Then he put the nozzle on my face saying, ‘I get this, you f***ing p**i and hit my face with the other hand and pushed me and I fell right back, Hit me on the head and tore my hand.”
After the attack, Ms Patel said members of the public came to her aid in the scuffle.
The incident highlights the ongoing challenges of fuel shortage. Two hours before the incident, Ms Patel said she had sparked another brawl between moped drivers.
“It was a very bad day. They were fighting amongst themselves as a man on the moped jumped off the queue. Others on the moped stormed the forecourt to tackle him, and some scuffles ensued. I tried to defuse the situation, as did my manager,” she said.
Ms Patel, who was told she would need stitches after the attack, said she has been working non-stop since Friday. After the attack, she was back at work the next day to help her parents run the family business.
A spokesman for the Weather Police said: “Police were called at 13:48 on Sunday, 26 September to report that a man had been attacked at a petrol station on Haverstock Hill, NW 3. Officers. participated.
“No one was reported to be injured.
“A man was arrested on suspicion of assault and a racially aggravated public order crime. He has been released under investigation.
“Inquiries are on under the circumstances.”
BP was contacted for comment.
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