Published Jan 20, 2016

Dr Newell, 77, said: “I am not looking for compensation in this matter.

"I am seeking an apology, a full explanation about where the water came from, why the water detection equipment was not working and an assurance that this will not happen again – why would I fill up here if I don’t know whether this will happen again?

“Fortunately I can afford to pay for the damage. But for many people, paying out £600 or more just before Christmas is a very serious matter.

“I am a very experienced scientist and it is very clear that my fuel was contaminated with water and it is easy to have some idea of when the water got into the fuel.

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