PRESS RELEASES

44/17 ENFORCEMENT CAMPAIGN TO CURB ABUSE OF PEDESTRIANISED AREA PERMITS

As part of the DriveSafe (Operation RoadWatch) 2017 Campaign, the Royal Gibraltar Police Roads and Neighbourhood Policing Unit has embarked on enforcement campaign aimed at curbing the abuse of Pedestrianised Area Vehicle Permits.

These permits are issued to facilitate the delivery of goods to traders in those streets that are pedestrianised and allow access to service providers to enable them to provide installation, repair and maintain services.

Over time it has been observed that some permit holders have been increasingly operating outside the conditions of the permits with many instances of outright abuse.

This has given rise to a large number of vehicles are operating unnecessarily within pedestrianised areas amidst an ever increasing number of pedestrians, which creates the potential for serious injury and/or damage to property.

Last Friday, officers carried out targeted patrols of the pedestrianised areas and reported a total of 22 drivers for parking / driving within a pedestrianised area in contravention of the conditions of the permits.  Additionally 5 permits were revoked after drivers where observed in deliberate breach of the issued permit.

Permits are issued on the condition that deliveries will be carried out between 0700 and 1030Hrs.  As a matter of practice a fifteen minute grace period allowed up to 1045Hrs for the vehicles to leave all pedestrianised areas.  Permits issued to some service providers allow for access to pedestrianised areas after these times and are exclusively for the repair and/or maintenance of services.  In all cases, access into the pedestrianised area in question should be from the nearest access point and the exit point should be similarly selected. Further information as to the conditions under which permits are issued, can be obtained from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Department at Eastern Beach.

Targeted patrols will continue on an ad-hoc, yet regular basis to ensure permit holders abide by the conditions of the permits.   

43-17 BELGIAN NATIONAL ARRESTED ON EUROPEAN ARREST WARRANT

In a further demonstration of interagency operability, a 32 year old Belgian national, MOHAMED BOUACHAOUN, was arrested yesterday on the strength of a European Arrest Warrant (EAW) issued by the French authorities in February 2017 for drug trafficking related offences.

Borders and Coastguard Agency (BCA) personnel carrying out immigration checks at the frontier pedestrian entry point were alerted to BOUACHAOUN when the existence of an EAW in his name was flagged up on scanning his documents.

Police were called and after confirming the existence and validity of the EAW with Interpol they arrested BOUACHAOUN.  The RGP has contacted the French authorities and are awaiting receipt of the Arrest Warrant before bringing BOUACHAOUN before the Magistrates’ Court for an extradition hearing.  BOUACHAOUN remains in Police custody. 

42-17 ARRESTS

Officers of the Royal Gibraltar Police have today, Wednesday the 1st of March, arrested three senior military officials and executed a number of search warrants at various MOD establishments. They have been arrested on suspicion of attempting to pervert the course of justice and for conspiring to pervert the course of justice. The investigation concerns the events on the runway on Wednesday the 8th February 2017.

No further comment will be made at this time.