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14th September 2018, 19:32

Govt considering future of Monkey Rocks event following arrests on National Day

The Government is considering whether or not the Monkey Rocks National Day event should go ahead at all next year.

Arrests were made following a violent incident there and according to HM Customs, nine arrests were made for suspected drugs offences at the entrance to the event at the Bayside Complex. 

The joint operation with the Royal Gibraltar Police Drug Squad allegedly intercepted MDMA, cocaine and small amounts of cannabis. According to RGP figures, there were a total seventeen drug arrests across Gibraltar on Monday.

Monkey Rocks organisers Project X Productions told GBC they worked hard with the RGP and Customs in the week leading up to the event. They believe the operation at the door, with two dog sections, was successful. They say drug arrests are a weekly thing in Gibraltar nowadays.

There were also arrests for violence at Monkey Rocks, though the RGP has not wanted to release information on how many. The violent incident lead to the early closure of the event by mutual agreement with the organisers, who say it was a drunken brawl, the sort which – they say – occurs frequently on Friday nights.

They’re expecting to make a statement on Monday.