A MOTORCYCLIST wielding a replica submachine gun while riding through Gibraltar has been arrested.
The 38-year-old man was held by firearms police over ‘conduct likely to cause a breach of the peace’.
RGP officers held the man at around 10:50am this morning after he had been travelling through the Waterport Road area.
In a statement about the incident, an RGP spokesperson warned of the ‘numerous terrorist attacks throughout Europe’.
They also described any incidents involving suspected firearms as ‘extremely serious’ and warned of the ‘danger posed to the public’.
A statement read: “This is not the first instance of firearms officers having to respond and despite previous requests by the RGP for persons to refrain from carrying toy guns or replica firearms in public, this type of incident continues to occur, with potentially lethal consequences for the individual.”
The statement added that the Rock’s terrorism threat is currently ‘substantial’, meaning that ‘an attack is a strong possibility’.
The spokesperson added: “The RGP appeals to the public to refrain from the brandishing or carrying of toy/replica firearms in a manner that may cause public concern and forces our highly trained firearms officers, to make split second decisions as to whether a firearm is a replica or real.”