THE police in La Linea have alleged that the diplomatic situation between Gibraltar and Spain is to blame for lacklustre attempts to fix the border fence.

Gibraltarian authorities turn a blind eye to gaps in the fence to permit tobacco smuggling while the Spanish government refuses to secure the barrier as it would legitimize Gibraltar’s sovereignty, a spokesperson has fumed.

Gaps in the fence have become so widespread that the police in La Linea are unable to monitor the sheer number of smugglers operating it was stated.

The comments were made after the police in La Linea attempted to catch a gang of fifteen mopeds that were able to ‘work all night’ taking tobacco across the border.

They believe over a thousand packs are smuggled over by this particular gang each night.