POLICE have arrested a trio of men for selling ‘entry tickets’ to gullible tourists queuing to get onto the Rock.
It comes as the new La Linea mayor highlighted the worrying levels of criminality involving so-called ‘frontier gangs’.
Gemma Araujo slammed the area around the border as an ‘epicentre for scoundrels, creating image problems for the jurisdiction either side of the border’.
Moreover she revealed her concerns that locals were being increasingly exploited by organised gangs of smugglers, in part due to the economic crisis.
“This is large scale smuggling that has no link to La Linea,” she said.
“This is not about people eking out a living.
“It creates an image that is prejudicial for both La Linea and Gibraltar and I think it is positive that we get rid of that image.”
The strong comments come after the Socialist Mayor met with Chief Minister Peter Caruana in their first official meeting in the Spanish border town.
In what marks a key turning point in relations the two leaders agreed to promote close cooperation between the administrations.
“It is an important gesture of a mutual desire to improve cross-border relations both at an institutional level and to bring our communities closer together,” explained Araujo.