Updated: Saturday, 7th December 2019 @ 1:02pm

Abandon ship: Manchester university students left in France by P&O ferries after drunken mass brawl causes havoc

Abandon ship: Manchester university students left in France by P&O ferries after drunken mass brawl causes havoc

By Dean Wilkins

Misbehaving Manchester university students are being left in France after a ferry company refused to bring them home.

Around 200 students caused havoc on the journey from Dover to Calais on April 1, as around 1,559 people aboard the Spirit of Francde ferry were left terrified.

A drunken mass brawl broke out between students, after many boarded the ship already intoxicated, and left young families shocked after they trashed the carrier while others exposed themselves.

The spokeswoman said: "P&O ferries can confirm that around 200 students from the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University caused disruption on an early morning sailing of its ship the Spirit of France on Sunday April 1.

"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 wholly unacceptable.

"P&O ferries has contacted both universities to advise that it will not be transporting these groups on their homeward voyage and to seek assurances that their behaviour is addressed."

The company said it had reported the incident to the police.

Correction: P&O's information of students being on their way to attend a ski trip in the Alps has been changed.

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