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Thursday 21 September 2017

PM protests over Gibraltar shots

Prime Minister David Cameron arrives for an EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels (AP)
Prime Minister David Cameron arrives for an EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels (AP)

David Cameron has protested to his Spanish counterpart after shots were fired at a jet-skier off Gibraltar.

The Prime Minister confronted Mariano Rajoy during a Brussels summit and demanded an explanation for the "illegal incursion" into British territorial waters.

At a press conference, Mr Cameron said he wanted to make sure a full investigation took place and it was important that countries followed international law.

"I did raise this with the Spanish Prime Minister," he said. "I think this is a totally unacceptable episode and I made that clear.

"I think it is very important that people on Gibraltar know that we support them, we support their sovereignty."

He added: "We need to find out more about what happened but from what I have heard... it is not acceptable."

It is understood that Mr Cameron "made a beeline" for Mr Rajoy soon after arriving at the summit on Thursday.

In the incident on Sunday, a Spanish police boat pursued Dale Villa while he was on his jet-ski near West Beach.

Witnesses reported seeing a large number of plastic batons being fired from the Guardia Civil vessel and splashing into the water. No-one was injured.

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