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Published on Tuesday, April 10, 2012

P&O abandons 'drunk' students in France

P&O Ferries refused to transport 200 students home from a skiing holiday in the Alps after their drunken behaviour on the outward journey embarrassed crew and passengers.

The ferry operator told the BBC it had banned the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University students, who, it claimed, were drunk before they boarded the Spirit of France for the crossing to Calais.

It said it had contacted their tour operators and explained they would not transport them back home.

P&O claimed some of the students had exposed themselves and a fight broke out in a bar onboard, where there were 1,559 passengers, including young families.

"Customers and staff on board the ship were appalled by the students' aggressive and lewd conduct, which should be stamped out by the authorities," P&O said in a statement to the BBC.


By Linsey McNeill

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