A HUNTINGDON man was ordered to do 80 hours of unpaid work for trying to use a company fuel card to pay for nearly 100 litres of diesel to get to work.

Alvaro Ferreira tried to use the company fuel card at a BP garage in Huntingdon on September 19 to pay for £144.76 of diesel he put in his vehicle and a petrol can.

John Nooijen, prosecuting, told Huntingdon magistrates on Thursday that the 37-year-old told officers that, in a conversation with a line manager about paying for fuel to get him to work, he was told to "get creative and find a way", which he took to mean using the fuel card.

Lorraine Adams, defending, said that he had worked as a permanent member of staff at the firm for three to four months but had previously worked there through an agency.

She said: "After being taken on permanently, he felt that he was working to pay for fuel to get him to work.

"It was costing him £150 a week to get to work in Ely. He thought that the money would be taken out of his wages."

The court heard that he had been cautioned in February 2010 for making off with fuel without payment, convicted in August that year for the same offence - two of the same were taken into consideration - and a further similar conviction in April this year. He also owes the court £659.

Ferreira, of Christie Drive, was given a 12-month community order with an unpaid work requirement and ordered to pay £144.76 compensation and £85 costs.