Man dressed as clown sparks off violent clashes on board cruise ship

Published on : Monday, July 29, 2019

A passenger dressed as a clown caused real-life terror after reportedly sparking a mass brawl on a British cruise ship, leaving several people injured and the others confined to their cabins for the rest of their journey.


The P&O cruise ship Britannia was on its final leg of a cruise to Norway’s fjords from Southampton, in southeast England, when the fracas broke out.


ITV’s Good Morning Britain correspondent Richard Gaisford was witness to the fight which started on board.


In a series of messages on Twitter, he said heavy amounts of alcohol contributed to the violence that started on the 16th-floor restaurant on Thursday, when a passenger appeared dressed as a clown.


The passenger’s attire apparently upset some of the guests, Gaisford said.


“One witness, part of a group involved in the trouble, explained to staff that things kicked off when another passenger appeared dressed as a clown,” Gaisford said.


“This upset one of their party because they’d specifically booked a cruise with no fancy dress. It led to a violent confrontation.”


“There was blood everywhere,” Gaisford wrote.


“Passengers used furniture and plates as weapons. Witnesses told me they were so frightened they had to hide as family groups fought,” he added.


Police said three men and three women were assaulted during the fight and a number of injuries was sustained, including cuts and bruises.


Those believed to have been involved in the fight were confined to their cabin for the last day of the cruise.


Police said on Sunday that a man and woman arrested on suspicion of assault in connection with the brawl have not been charged and were released from custody, but remain under investigation.


In a statement, a P&O Cruises spokesman said: “Following an incident on board Britannia Thursday evening we can confirm that all guests disembarked on Sunday and the matter is now in the hands of the local police.”

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