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Vehicle incident places spotlight on immigration and border security

A Polish man’s failed bid to drive a stolen Guardia Civil vehicle from Spain into Gibraltar has focused attention on security and immigration challenges at the border.

Leaked footage of the incident shows how the man brought the car to a halt just inside British territory, before being hauled from the vehicle and handed to Spanish police.

Senior Guardia Civil officers in Spain are privately embarrassed by the incident and have opened an investigation, although in public they played down its significance and said it was only of “anecdotal” importance.

But with the footage placing the glare of publicity on the episode, officials in Gibraltar are carefully assessing what lessons need to be drawn.

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