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Trading standards officials have launched an investigation after drivers complained that they had been sold "contaminated" fuel.

Drivers from across south-east England believe they may have been sold petrol containing ethanol, which has damaged their cars.

Their vehicles have been juddering, misfiring and had a loss of power.

A spokesman for trading standards said it was illegal to include ethanol in petrol without telling customers.

Ian Hillier, a petroleum spokesman for the Trading Standards Institute, said: "I understand that there have been around 75-100 complaints from people in south-east England.

"Including ethanol in petrol is not really contaminating it, but there has be a clear warning to people who buy petrol as to exactly what is in it.

"Ethanol is actually seen as a 'green' measure but if it is sold without any warning then offenders are in breach of biofuel labelling regulations."

Dozens of drivers have also been contacting BBC Radio Northampton's consumer programme after filling up their cars with what they believe to be contaminated fuel.

Dave Odell works for Tony Brooks' a garage in Northampton. He said the garage had had a number of cars with damaged oxygen sensors.
Blimey Charlie - I'm off darn sarf tomorrow as well, looks like I'll be filling up here, and hoping for the best!
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