Continuing with his familiarisation of British Forces Gibraltar, recently appointed Governor, Sir James Dutton paid a visit to the Gibraltar Defence Police yesterday.
The Opposition’s latest press release concerning a person with mental health problems is nothing more than a distortion of the truth and a typical attempt at scaremongering using vulnerable people to make political capital.
The matter relates to a person who was charged with a very serious offence at the end of 2012 and was remanded in custody at the time. Although he has attended court every 7 days since then as is usual procedure for people remanded in custody, a bail application for his release was not made until last month.
The Opposition suggest that there has been no support for this person from the mental health services. This is not the case. The mental health team have been working closely with the prison to ensure that all necessary treatment and support is provided.
Media – Police Reports
From 0700hrs Thursday the 09/01/2014 to 0700hrs Friday the 10/01/2014.
1 Report of Making Off Without Payment.
1 Report of Criminal Damage.
2 Reports of Common Assault.
1 Report of Insulting Words.
Responding to questions on Defence in the UK House of Commons yesterday, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence, Andrew Murrison told Conservative MP for New Forest East, Julian Lewis that the strategic value of Gibraltar is made clear in the 2012 White Paper o Overseas Territories.