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Social media post ends in armed police operation

A video posted on social media showing a local man and an image of a 12-gauge shotgun resulted in an armed police operation on Friday evening.

Officers swooped on the man as he travelled in a car with two others on Rosia Road at around 8pm.

The three were arrested at gun point in what the Royal Gibraltar Police described as “a full strategic firearms operation”.

The RGP said necessary measures were put in place to minimise any risks to the public and to officers.

The operation was captured by cameramen filming for the UK-based documentary, Cops on the Rock.

Two of the three men were released hours later, while the third man was arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm and was later bailed.

Police officers later established that the shotgun was legally owned by a fourth local man, who is now a witness in the ongoing investigation.

“This was a pre-planned operation in which, at all times, our number one concern was the safety of everyone involved,” said police Commissioner Richard Ullger.

“It is important to stress that the RGP will not tolerate any criminal activity in which firearms are involved.”

“Last night vividly showed the kind of response that criminals can expect if they are seen with firearms in Gibraltar.”

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