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Spain calls in UK ambassador over Gibraltar boat incident

Spain's foreign ministry has called in the British ambassador to protest over what it described as "reckless behaviour" by a Gibraltar police boat patrol towards a Spanish police vessel.

The ministry said it had lodged a serious complaint with Ambassador Simon Manley, saying Gibraltar police had approached a Spanish police vessel twice at great speed on Friday and only diverted to avoid a collision at the last moment.

Ministers said the action, which occurred in waters between Gibraltar and Spain, had placed both crews at risk.

Spain ceded Gibraltar's sovereignty to Britain in a 1713 treaty, but has persistently sought its return ever since.

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