By Deirdre Tynan • 19 August 2021 • 10:42
The Government of Gibraltar is amending current legislation in order to make the possession of fuel containers without consent, punishable by prison sentences of up to life imprisonment.
“This will help us to put an end to Gibraltar’s involvement in the drugs trade,” the Royal Gibraltar Police said.
The move comes after the police said they averted a potential disaster when they were alerted to the illegal storage of fuel in a residence on August 11.
A man has since been charged with the Storage of More than 20 Litres of Petrol, in any Premises, Without a Permit and Affray when they discovered more than 50 litres of fuels in a domestic property in Knights Court on August 11.
“A potential disaster was averted last night, thanks to an alert member of the public.
“At around 8.25pm, an anonymous caller reported that they had seen several fuel containers being taken into a domestic property in Knights Court,” Royal Gibraltar Police wrote on their popular Facebook page.
“Officers immediately attended the residence and, although no-one was at home, they found 4 x 25litre containers in one of the bedrooms, each more than half full of fuel. Clearly, this 50-70 litres of fuel constituted a fire risk to all the other properties in the block. The containers were therefore seized and removed.
“At around 11pm, officers arrested 48-year-old Paul Jesus Byrne and this afternoon he was charged with Storage of More than 20 Litres of Petrol, in any Premises, Without a Permit. He was also charged with Affray,” they added.
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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.
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