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The union representing fuel tanker drivers today ruled out the threat of strikes over Easter and said it wanted to focus on peace talks.

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Unite, which represents around 2,000 tanker drivers, said it retained the right to call industrial action if talks, expected to start next week, break down.

The move followed more panic buying at garages across the country today, and an incident in which a woman was badly burned when petrol ignited as she transferred it between containers in her kitchen.

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