The Sunday Telegraph reported a record number of Spanish incursions into Gibraltar waters last year, but its calculations in fact fell short of the final total, reports the Gibraltar Chronicle.
The UK newspaper said last weekend that Spanish state vessels had entered British Gibraltar territorial waters 446 times during 2013.
The real total for last year was 496 incursions, including one month during which 68 incidents were reported, according to figures released by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.
“The Royal Navy upholds British sovereignty by challenging all unlawful incursions by vessels of the Spanish State through radio warnings and the close monitoring of all such vessels until they leave British Gibraltar Territorial Waters,” the spokesman told the Chronicle on Monday.
“Although unlawful incursions are a violation of British sovereignty, they are not a threat to it.”
“They do not change international law or the fact of UK and Gibraltar jurisdiction”, said the spokesman.