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Sainsbury’s Charging Motorists £99 For Paying For Fuel At The Pump Regardless Of How Much Fuel You Actually Buy

Big UK stores with fuel pumps are charging their customers who pay with their bank cards at the pump a staggering £99 regardless of how much fuel they actually buy.

That was the experience of this blogger who after work last night, stopped off at the Sainsbury’s fuel station on Purley way, Croydon Road and purchased £40 fuel using her mastercard for payment

On checking her account later the same night, she discovered to her horror that rather than the £40.01 that she actually spent, a total of £99 had been whipped out of her account.

As at the time of writing this article, the balance had not been refunded which means that Sainsbury’s had actually overcharged to the tune of £59!!!

Previous stories on this matter suggest that it doesn’t mean the store is overcharging, as the customer is refunded the difference between the £99 figure and the amount of petrol they actually buy

However, this can present problems for cash-strapped drivers, as there is a chance they will not be refunded for up to three days.

The reason supermarkets use “earmarked fees” for pay at the pump petrol is to make sure customers have enough money in their account to cover the cost of a large fill.

It works by applying ‘pre-authorisation checks’ on customers, which essentially sets money aside from an account to pay for the fuel.

However, due to new rules from Visa and Mastercard, petrol stations are now charging higher figures than the £1 previously charged and refunded.

She described the process as an “absolute joke” on Facebook, adding: “Don’t go to Asda for fuel unless you can live without £99 for around 2-3 days.”

ASDA told Mirror Money: “This is an industry-wide policy change from MasterCard and Visa in coordination with customers’ banks to ensure that customers have sufficient funds in their accounts prior to buying petrol.

“This amount is ‘ring-fenced’ by banks but immediately made available again to customers.

“The money is never taken or held by Asda.”

Here’s how Sainsbury’s explains it: “The ‘earmarked’ value is never actually taken by the bank, or touched in any way by Sainsbury’s.

“It’s put into a ‘holding’ position before it’s replaced by the amount you paid for your fuel, and then disappears from your statement.”

But they did not explain why it has to take over 12 hours before this replacement is carried out.

MasterCard also argued that this has been introduced to ensure drivers can’t buy more fuel than they can afford.

A spokesperson said that if drivers don’t have the required funds in their bank account to meet this higher figure, then petrol stations can check precisely what funds they do have available, and then dispense a lower value of fuel.

They added: “While some customers may see a request for a higher amount than the fuel they bought – perhaps on their mobile banking app – these funds are not taken from their account.

“Only the value of the petrol dispensed is withdrawn.”

But this statement is basically false because in my experience, it has been well over 12 hours and my statement still reads that a £99 authorisation fee was taken out but the £40 charge for actual fuel bought is not showing.

This system has caused particular problems for the millions of people with basic bank accounts, which don’t have overdrafts.

Because many forecourts haven’t actually got round to introducing the new rules from Visa and MasterCard, which require these larger pre-authorisation checks, a number of banks have elected to block these account holders from being able to pay at the pump entirely, in a bid to stop them spending money they don’t have.


Nigerian Man In The UK Becomes Dad And Widow On The Same Day After 6 Months Pregnant Wife Suddenly Slumps And Dies

A father has been left to bring up his daughter alone after his wife died while six months pregnant – but her baby was delivered alive.

Emmanuel Olubayo watched helplessly as Emma, a nursing team leader, suddenly collapsed from an undetected heart defect and died in the home they shared in Leicestershire.

Paramedics tried to resuscitate the 41-year-old fie over an hour before performing a rare posthumous delivery.

They carried out an emergency Caesarean section on the living room floor last November, Leicestershire Live reports.

The couple’s baby girl Aretha was delivered alive then taken to hospital.

Emmanuel said he was shocked to become a father and a widower on the same day.

The 35-year-old education consultant said: “It is hard and I don’t really know how I am coping as single dad but I am.

“I have to be strong for Aretha. One day I will tell her all about her mother and how wonderful she was.”

He said he believed his wife of eight months, whose heart suddenly stopped, had battled on to give their daughter Aretha the chance to live.

Aretha was born 10 weeks prematurely and was taken to hospital where she was cared for by members of the team that Emma led – the critical care outreach team which covers Glenfield Hospital, Leicester Royal Infirmary and Leicester General Hospital.

Emmanuel, who was living in Birmingham, told how he and Emma fell in love after meeting in an internet dating chat room.

“I knew when I started chatting to Emma online that she was special,” he said. “We had an immediate connection.

“We got on really well and arranged to meet after three weeks chatting.”

The pair had their first date at the Parcel Yard pub in Leicester in May 2016.

In December 2016 – seven months after they first chatted online – Emmanuel popped the question.

“We were out for meal in Birmingham when I got down on one knee in the restaurant,” he said.

“I gave Emma a sapphire ring and asked her to marry me.

“She said yes and was ecstatic. Everyone cheered. It was beautiful.”

The pair married in Birmingham in April 2017.

More than 650 people attended Emma’s funeral and friends have set up an online fund-raising page for Emmanuel and Aretha.

Culled from The Mirror

13 Years Jail Sentence For Drug Dealer Who Stabbed His Victim Over Unsuccessful Deal

A 22 year-old-man has been jailed today, Tuesday, 19 June, for stabbing a 24-year-old man in Lewisham.

Louis Elue, 22 (28.01.96) of Nettleton Road, New Cross was sentenced to 13 years’ imprisonment at Woolwich Crown Court for grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent, attempted GBH, possession of a pointed or bladed article and possession of class B drugs – namely cannabis – with intent to supply.

Elue was found guilty at the same court on Tuesday, 1 May.

At around 16:30hrs on Sunday, 19 November 2017 Elue approached two males on Camplin Street, Lewisham.

Elue felt that he was being disrespected when they did not acknowledge him.

He threatened them with a knife and then stabbed the 24-year-old victim a few minutes later, leaving him with multiple stab wounds.
Officers and LAS attended the scene.

The victim was treated at a south London hospital and has since made a full recovery from his injuries.

An investigation was launched and Elue was arrested at his home address later the same day.

PC Gary Sanders, of Lewisham CID, said: “I believe that Elue was frustrated over an unsuccessful drug deal which did not involve the victim, and sadly it appears the victim was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
“We will continue to work tirelessly to ensure criminals like Elue are off our streets, and this sentencing result reflects how seriously incidents of this nature are taken.”

MetPolice Newsdesk

London Violent Youth Crime Archive: 2 Nigerian teenagers Jailed For Life In 2013 For Murder Of Innocent Schoolboy Mistaken For Rival Gang Member

Two teenagers have been given life terms for murdering a schoolboy.

Kwame Ofosu-Asare, 17, was mistaken for a rival in a “poisonous and senseless” gang war. He was knifed to death in daylight while walking with a friend through Moorlands Estate in Brixton, south London, in March.

Nelson Idiabeta, 18, of no fixed address, and Nathaniel Okusanya, 19, from Lambeth, south London, were found guilty of murder.

Sentencing them at the Old Bailey, Judge Richard Marks ordered that Idiabeta serve a minimum term of 19 years and Okusanya 20 years.

He told them: “It was Kwame’s misfortune to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Neither of you has shown one iota of remorse for what you did.”


Crispin Aylett QC, prosecuting, told jurors: “Kwame’s death was but a part of a poisonous and senseless feud between two rival gangs of youths in south London.”

He added that Kwame was not a member of either gang. He had been to a recording studio in the area.



Kwame was stabbed repeatedly in the back and received a total of 14 wounds while walking in Adelaide Close with a friend.

They tried to get away by going into a side road where the friend’s aunt lived, but the aunt was not home and they were trapped in a cul-de-sac.

The court heard that the attack had its roots in a feud between the TN1 (Trust No-One) gang from the Tulse Hill area of south London and Brixton-based GAS (Guns and Shanks).

Idiabeta and Okusanya were members of the TN1 group out to avenge one of their number who had been stabbed in a bus garage attack carried out by the GAS gang earlier in the day.

Kwame’s father, Kwaku, a sports journalist, told the court in a statement that his son was full of potential.

He was in the sixth form of Forest Hill School and excelled in sport, music and acting and had great ambitions to make something of his life.

Mr Ofosu-Asare said: “Kwame was a very vibrant, energetic and enthusiastic boy. His brother and sister are struggling to cope with his death. All our lives have been ruined.”

The Guardian

Man Threatens To Jump Off Lewisham Multi Storey Cark Par Building

A man has been taken to hospital after a stand-off with police lasting more than three hours as he threatened to jump off the roof of a multi-storey car park in Lewisham.

Met Police officers were called to a car park on Molesworth Street at around 5.30pm yesterday (June 18) to try and speak to the man on the roof.

Officers were forced to close off the main road while they tried to coax the man down and drivers were warned to take a different route.

A Scotland Yard spokesman confirmed to News Shopper that the man came down from the building of his own accord at 8.45pm.

The suicidal man is yet to be identified.


3 Youths Killed After Being Hit By A Train At South London Station

Three young men were killed when they were hit by a train at Loughborough junction in south London earlier today, British Transport Police have confirmed.

Speaking at the scene of the accident today, Superintendent Matthew Allingham said officers have identified one of the men and had “delivered the sad news” to his family.

Allingham said officers were still working to identify and locate the families of the other two men.

“If you know who they are, please let us know,” BTP said, adding that all three victims are believed to be in their 20s.

Allingham did not comment on suggestions the men were graffiti artists and that spray cans were found at the scene, saying only that “our investigation is focusing on how and why the men came to be on the tracks in the early hours of this morning”.

Police at the scene of the accident today at Loughborough junction in south London

He added: “It is far too early for us to comment on the reasons for them being there.”

BTP added in a statement after the press conference: “We are aware that there are a number of speculative comments about this on social media, but it is too early for us to comment on their reasons for being on the track.

“Whilst investigations continue, our focus is on supporting those bereaved families at this difficult time and gathering as much evidence as we can. That includes trawling through CCTV, talking to any witnesses and forensic investigations of the scene.”

The men were pronounced dead at the scene and police are treating their deaths as “unexplained”.

Officers were called to the junction, along with police and the London Ambulance Service, at 7.34am following a report that “multiple bodies” had been found.

The first call came from the driver of the train, Allingham said, adding that police are “still trying to identify the train that actually hit the individuals”.


“We know they were dead for a while before we turned up, it is a possibility that it was during the hours of darkness that’s why it wasn’t reported earlier,” he said.

“It is believed they died earlier in the morning and injuries are consistent with being hit by a train,” he added.

Regarding the spot where the men were found, Allingham said: “There isn’t a sort of safe refuge up there, so if somebody was on those tracks there wouldn’t be anywhere for them to go to avoid the train.

“As far as I understand it, if they’ve been caught in that section of track when a train came through then they really wouldn’t have had much options.”

The area is busy with freight trains carrying a lot of infrastructure during the night when the line is clear of passenger trains.

The Guardian said the accident is thought to have occurred at about 5am.

Several media reports said spray cans were found near the bodies, leading to claims the deceased might be graffiti artists.

The area is a popular place to tag and pictures have emerged showing authorities removing evidence bags from the scene containing spray cans.

Officers were also seen taking photographs of graffiti as part of their inquiry.

Police are treating the deaths as ‘unexplained’ but said the men would not of had ‘anywhere’ to go to avoid the train

Detective Superintendent Gary Richardson said earlier today: “My team are now working hard to understand what happened and how these three people came to lose their life on the railway.

“My thoughts are with the family and friends of these three people.

“At this time, we are treating their death as unexplained as we make a number of immediate enquiries. I would ask anyone who was near to Loughborough Junction this morning, and saw something which they think might be relevant, please contact us as soon as possible.”

BTP added after the press conference: “If you think you know the identity of these men, please get in touch.”

It also urged those sharing images and footage of the accident scene to do respectfully.

“We also ask that any images and footage being shared by the public keep in mind that three families have lost loved ones this morning – and that no graphic imagery is shared – at what is a terrible time for them all.”

Several Thameslink trains have been cancelled.

Loughborough Junction station remained open but BTP warned services would be delayed while the scene was investigated and urged commuters to contact National Rail for all inquiries.

The station, between Herne Hill and Elephant and Castle, is served by Thameslink, and platforms and tracks are above ground level.

The bodies are understood to have been discovered on the Catford Loop railway line, some metres from the station.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted his condolences to the families of the victims involved in the tragedy and urged anyone with information to contact BTP.

Mayor of London


My heart goes out to the families of the three people killed at Loughborough Junction station this morning. If you have any information about this incident please contact @BTP by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40

A Network Rail spokesman said it was assisting BTP and that Rail regulator the Office of Rail and Road has opened a preliminary investigation.

London Youth Violent Crime Archive: East London Gang members Including 3 Nigerians Jailed for Murder Of 17 Year Old Fellow Nigerian Teenager

Seventeen year-old Kelvin Chibueze was stabbed to death in a gang-related attack in Ilford, east London.

Kelvin was chased from a private party at The Arteflex Club on the High Road at around 4am on Monday, 15 August 2011.

The teenager, from Croydon, was found with stab wounds to the chest in the car park next to Lidl and Fitness First.

Kelvin, known as Boss Don Gramz, died in hospital at 1pm.

The same day, Prime Minister David Cameron made a speech calling for a ‘concerted, all-out war on gangs and gang culture.’

Eight suspects were charged with murder beginning with Dale Williams, 19 [12/11/91], of Hart’s Lane, Barking, on August 24. The others were Lerone Boye, 24 [23/3/87], of Henley Road, Ilford, Roger Damali, 30 [30/05/81], of Macauley Road, East Ham, Joel Asare-Minta, 21 [02/08/90] of of Halbutt Street, Dagenham, Diphy Menga, 23 [19/06/88] of St Mary’s Road, Ilford, Ibrahim Zakari, 20 [30/10/91] of St Margaret’s, Barking, Kongolo Kongola, 29 [3/1/82] of Sewell Street, Plaistow, east London, and Hugo Nwankwo, 17 [14/11/94], of Park Avenue, East Ham.

The prosecution case was that several of the group were linked to the ‘Hart’s Lane Gang’ from Barking while the victim was associated with the rival ‘DAG’ gang from Dagenham. The same gangs had previously clashed in Beckton in February 2010, resulting in the death of Olukorede Fajinmi.

They went on trial at the Old Bailey on 5 September 2012. Jurors heard that tensions arose between the two rival groups ‘eyeballing’ each other at the party, possibly as a result of a petty squabble about a girl.

‘One group went into the rear garden to smoke a couple of times and whenever they returned things appear to get either tenser or the atmosphere a little more strained,’ said prosecutor Richard Whittam QC.

‘There was some recognition between some of the people present as to whether they knew them or the areas they came from.’

Jurors heard the victim suffered at least one stab wound in the club before being chased outside by men armed with knives, champagne and Hennessy bottles and a bar stool. He suffered a further five or six stab wounds after collapsing in Ilford Retail Park across the High Road.

A knife stained with the victim’s blood was found in Riches Road, not far from where Williams was stopped and arrested. CCTV evidence linked several of the suspects to the club and the car park. Detectives also claimed phone contact between the suspects in the minutes leading up to the attack inside the club suggested it was premeditated.

Half-way through the trial Kongola was cleared of murder and violent disorder on the judge’s direction due to lack of evidence.

On 22 November 2012 the jury convicted Boye, Williams, Damali and Nwankwo of murder and violent disorder. Zakari, who is deaf, was cleared of murder but convicted of violent disorder and jailed for two years.

Asare-Minta and Menga were both cleared of murder and violent disorder.

Lerone BoyeDale Williams

Killers Lerone Boye (left) and Dale Williams

Boye, Williams, Damali and Nwankwo were all sentenced on December 20. Boye was jailed for at least 28 years before parole, Williams at least 26 years, Damali at least 23 years and Nwankwo at least 16 years.

Judge John Bevan QC said: “The veil of silence that has fallen over the main participants in this case speaks volumes as to the cowardice and moral bankruptcy of those on both sides of this argument.

“Carrying knives, at least three on each side, is a comparatively modern phenomenon, which is approaching an endemic state among feckless, aimless youths who think nothing of wielding and using of knives in the face of the slightest provocation or perceived insult.

“We are still none the wiser as to the cause, and whether of not it has to do with gang violence.

“Whether there was rivalry, whether there was loyalty, whether it was revenge for a previous incident, I don’t know.”

Detective Sergeant Mark Romain of the Homicide and Serious Crime Command said: “Kelvin Chibueze was ruthlessly attacked, chased and left to die in the early hours of 15 August. The violence used brutally ended a young man’s life and showed scant regard for the safety of others in this busy venue.

“I would like to thank everyone who came forward to assist with this investigation and helped convict these violent thugs.”

Hugo NwankwoRoger Damali

Killers Hugo Nwankwo (left) and Roger Damali

On 16 October 2013, Boye absconded from a mental health unit, the John Howard Centre in Homerton, east London.

Detectives offered a £15,000 reward for information and issued a description. Boye was captured in a pre-planned operation in Chigwell on 21 January 2014. He was found hiding under a bed and told officers it was the ‘best three months of my life’.