Fuel prices increasing

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PETROL prices have continued to soar in the East Midlands since late March when talk of strike caused panic buying, although the region follows the national average.

The price of unleaded stands at an average of 142.5 pence per litre, although supermarket prices are at an average of 140.3p. The East Midlands is slightly higher than the national average for diesel at 149.9p.

The price increases are in spite of the price of oil dropping from $126 a barrel to $118.

Northern Ireland recorded the highest price for unleaded at 143.9p. Scotland recorded the lowest price for unleaded at 142.2 p. The South East recorded the highest diesel price at 148.5ppl. Yorkshire and Humberside have the cheapest diesel at 147.3p.