Stones thrown at Royal Gibraltar Police

Cordon Press

ROYAL GIBRALTAR POLICE have been involved in a nasty incident which saw them pelted with stones and rocks whilst carrying out an anti-tobacco smuggling operation.

A police operation was launched on Friday September 19 to combat tobacco smuggling which successfully resulted in the seizure of 90,000 cigarettes.

Events turned ugly, however, when a group of people on the Spanish side of the Frontier began to hurl rocks at the officers.

When reinforcements were called, yet more men starting throwing stones: this time Spaniards who had crossed over to Gibraltar. All of the assailants involved managed to flee back into Spain without being caught.

Although the RGP reported no injuries, a certain amount of damage was sustained to an official police vehicle.

A spokesman for RGP has said that this type of incident is not acceptable, and that an investigation into the events has been launched.

This week, the RGP has successfully confiscated 70,000 cigarettes, excluding the 90,000 seized in the latest haul.

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