A KIDDERMINSTER petrol station has said it will continue to open late for NHS and frontline workers as the panic-buying of fuel rumbles on.

Chaddesley Fuel Station in Kidderminster is staying open tonight (Tuesday September 28) and on Friday (October 1) for NHS, emergency services workers and care workers with ID badges.

Bosses at at the station on Kidderminster Road decided to open for an extra 90 minutes until 10.30pm on Saturday to help frontline workers fill up on petrol and diesel in response to huge queues at petrol stations as panic-buying added to fuel supply issues caused by a lack of HGV drivers.

Bosses were forced to defend their plans after some questioned whether it was unfair that "everyday customers" were being left out.

Despite complaints, the petrol station has confirmed it will stay remain open tonight and Friday for NHS and frontline workers.

It posted on Facebook: "NHS/frontline workers only, extra opening hours

"9pm - 10.30pm, Tuesday and Friday this week, thank you."

When people asked if taxi drivers and shop workers were covered it said no, but that it would be open until 9pm and "has plenty of fuel."

Many praised the decision for it to open late.

Fay Cook said: "This is wonderful to read thank you!

"I have enough to get to work tomorrow for nhs mental health services then I would be stuck. See you tomorrow night!"

Nikki Louise said: "Brilliant thank you, this will help us be able to carry on doing our jobs amid the current craziness.

"Well done to you and all the team."

Susan Rees said: "True community spirit. What relief to know our emergency services can get to work."

The station confirmed on facebook that police officers can fill up their personal cars if using them to get to work. Blue lights cards are accepted.