Another day, another fuel seizure in Gibraltar

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A tip-off from a member of the public led to the Royal Gibraltar Police (RGP) seizing plastic containers filled with £525 worth of fuel on August 23.

The incident happened after a passer-by noticed a strong smell of fuel coming from the old Motorcycle Club on Sir Herbert Miles Road, the RGP reported on their popular Facebook page.

Following the tip-off, uniformed officers from Response Team 1 arrived just before 10pm to search the building.

In total, they found 21 full fuel containers, filled with 525 litres of fuel, and 40 empty fuel containers.

Officers then seized the fuel containers. A spokesman for the RGP, said, “First of all, thanks to the member of the public for calling us regarding this stash of fuel containers. Storing fuel containers like this is highly dangerous and a risk to the public.

“We ask members of the public who see a large quantity of these fuel containers to contact us anonymously. Not only is this helping us to tackle organised crime and the drug trafficking trade, but it’s helping to keep Gibraltar safe,” the spokesman added.

The spokesman said that fuel containers like the ones they seized are often taken out to sea to refuel RHIBs (Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boat) used by drug traffickers.

An investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with any information should contact the RGP on 200 72500 or 199 in an emergency or report it online at

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Deirdre Tynan

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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