Drunken rampage ferry ban

A ferry company refused to bring 200 students home from France after they went on a drunken rampage. They wrecked a P&O Dover to Calais ferry and frightened passengers. P&O said they were forced to take other passengers "out of harm's way".

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Universities launch inquiries into drunken behaviour on Ferry

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Universities looking at their students behaviour on ferry Credit: ITV Meridian

Two universities in Manchester say they are doing their own inquiries into the behaviour of students on a Dover to Calais ferry. P & O has refused to bring them back from the continent after their drunken rampage on the "Spirit of France" ferry on April the 1st.

Four coach loads of students from the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University embarked on the journey organised by an external travel operator. Students from other northern universities were also thought to be on board the early morning sailing.

Both Manchester universities say they will try to find out who the main troublemakers were.

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Students told no ferry home

A spokeswoman said: "P&O ferries can confirm that around 200 students from the University of Manchester & Manchester Metropolitan University caused disruption on an early sailing of its ship the Spirit of France. we will not be transporting these groups home. " The universities decline to comment.

200 students 'wrecked ferry'

It is understood the students, from Manchester, had been drinking before they got on board and then trashed the vessel during a mass brawl. Passengers also reported seeing some students exposing themselves. The students were on their way to a ski trip in the Alps.