Police clampdown on Tobacco activity
Both the north western shorelines and eastern shorelines, where tobacco is frequently smuggled through into Spain, are also under constant monitoring by maritime personnel. Police patrol boats are expected to remain in situ during the next few days with a constant 24hr presence expected.
During the first day of the operation this week police officers were confronted by angry mobs of Spanish nationals following several arrests in the same area. This led to warnings issued by police for the mobs to disperse. According to one witness officers were seen “drawing their batons” in response to the tensions created by the mobs. No further action was taken when the groups dispersed, allowing the police to proceed with the arrests.
Officers have now been seen constantly patrolling the western shorelines after numerous reports that the area was now being frequently used as a loading area by tobacco smugglers.
The Royal Gibraltar Police beat officers patrol the estate. Since the latest clampdwon no activity has been seen in the area. During the first hours of the clamp down officers were seen being confronted by large groups of Spanish nationals after two persons were arrested. Warnings to disperse were heard by witnesses during the tense confrontations.
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