Students banned by ferry company
A ferry company refused to bring a group of UK students home
from France after they went on a drunken rampage during a crossing
Around 200 students from Manchester wrecked a P&O
ferry on its way to Calais in the early hours
of April 1st.
They were seen throwing chairs around, climbing onto furniture
and trying to set alight to ashtrays. At one point, a fight also
broke out in one of the bars.
The students from the University of Manchester and Manchester
Metropolitan University were on a sports holiday.
Some also started exposing themselves while on
board the Spirit of France, which
was carrying more than fifteen
hundred passengers including families with young
The campany said they were forced to usher everyone
else into an exclusive lounge for safety.
A spokesperson for P&O added: "The company
deplores the behaviour of this group of students, who were clearly
drunk before they boarded the ship and whose actions on board were
"Customers and staff on board the ship were appalled by the
students' aggressive and lewd conduct, which should be stamped out
by the authorities."
Manchester Metropolitan University said the students have now
returned home without incident on a different ferry and an
investigation has been launched to find out exactly what
Meantime a spokesperson from the University of Manchester said
they are working with P&O to identify whether any of their
students were involved.
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