TWO women have been arrested as part of an investigation into bilking offences in Wiltshire.

Bilking is the theft of fuel from petrol stations, and two women, aged 26 and 41, were arrested on suspicion of theft.

A Renault Espace was stopped in the New Bridge Road area (Salisbury) yesterday, as records showed the vehicle had been involved in a series of bilking offences.

The 41-year-old was also interviewed in relation to having no licence, no insurance and no MOT.

The duo, both from Southampton, were taken to Melksham custody for questioning and have both been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

PC James Barrett, of the South Community Tasking Team, said: "We are working closely with Hampshire Constabulary and Dorset Police as part of this investigation, and so far, we have established 17 offences of bilking in this series in the Wiltshire area alone.

"These 17 offences have occurred between September 2018 and March 2019 and fuel stolen totals a value of more than £1,300."