FOUR men have been caught on camera brawling over fuel at a filling station as tempers flair over the national shortage.

The confrontation was filmed at an Esso petrol station in Chichester on Friday evening as hundreds rushed to the pumps.

Footage of the fight shared on Facebook and Twitter reportedly shows a father and son confronting another father and son over fuel.

The men were filmed throwing punches at each other in the forecourt while amused onlookers watched on before the group wrestled each other to the floor.

Police are now working to identify the four people involved but no arrests have been made, it has been reported.

It comes as drivers were pictured queuing for miles at the filling stations on Monday as the episode of panic buying continued.

The Prime Minister is reported to be mulling whether to follow send in the army to drive oil tankers as “frenzied buying” added to fuel supply issues caused by a lack of HGV drivers.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has refused to rule out requesting military assistance after queues for the pumps continued across the country on the weekend.

Mr Shapps has already backed down over his reluctance to import foreign labour to solve the HGV driver shortage by creating 5,000 three-month visas to bring in extra hauliers to address delivery pressures.

The Cabinet minister told the BBC the move would fix the “100 to 200” fuel tanker driver shortfall, as he urged motorists to be “sensible” and only fill up when needed to help alleviate the queues.

Long waits at filling stations saw police called to a scuffle at a north London forecourt as motorists continued their panic buying which was sparked after concerns from BP were leaked to the media that the lorry driver shortage could impact its ability to keep up with fuel deliveries.

On Friday, huge queues were seen at petrol stations across Sussex, with drivers snaking around Asda Hollingbury, Brighton Marina and the A259 near Hove Lagoon.

Three days later, the Hollingbury garage was closed to customers as the station ran empty.

On the A27, panic buying saw motorists queuing on the carriageway between Lewes and Kingston.

One driver said there are queues on both sides of the carriageway.

They said: “After you come out of the roundabout at Kingston and head towards Brighton there is a queue.

"Everyone had to go into one lane because of a lorry at the garage.

“I could see there was queuing on the other side of the A27 west towards Lewes at the garage along that section too.”