The Evening Standard report:

Metropolitan Police officers have blown nearly £300,000 of taxpayers’ money in four years by pumping the wrong fuel into patrol cars.

In the past year alone, officers mis-fuelled their cars 138 times, costing the taxpayer £47,909 — £16,508 more than the previous year, according to records revealed under the Freedom of Information act.

The number of reported incidents of officers filling up petrol engines with diesel and vice versa spiked in 2009/10, resulting in a £96,274 bill for repairs.

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