HMNB Devonport (Picture: Andrew Michael/Alamy Stock Photo).
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Thieves steal diesel from HMNB Devonport

They took fuel from tankers that was used to power electricity generators at the Plymouth base.

HMNB Devonport (Picture: Andrew Michael/Alamy Stock Photo).

An investigation is under way after thieves stole a huge volume of diesel from a high-security naval base.

They took fuel from tankers at HMNB Devonport in Plymouth that was used to power electricity generators at the base.

The stolen fuel was due to fill up generators powering HMS Bulwark, a 19,560-tonne assault ship.

A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: "The Ministry of Defence is aware of an incident last year involving the alleged theft of fuel from a contractor within HMNB Devonport.

"There was no disruption to defence operations and the Ministry of Defence has no further comment."