Naval ship in Gibraltar stand-off

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THE Royal Navy has been involved in a three-hour stand-off with Spanish vessels in Gibraltar’s waters overnight.

A contingent of Spanish Civil Guard vessels appeared to be protecting around six Spanish fishing vessels, two of which had cast their nets.

Earlier in the night, the Royal Gibraltar Police had said they were asserting their authority at sea and preventing fishing with nets.

The navy’s patrol ship HMS Sabre was deployed to the scene and sounded a number of warnings.

Local reports described the situation as ‘very tense’ and a Spanish helicopter was seen hovering overhead shortly before the Spanish vessels left the area.

The incident is the latest in a series of Spanish incursions into Gibraltarian waters.