09/04/2012 12:27 BST | Updated 09/04/2012 12:30 BST

Manchester University Students Banned From P&O Ferry After Drunken Rampage

A group of students accused of flashing, drinking and starting a fight on a £180m P&O ferry travelling to Calais will have to make their own way back to Britain - because they won't be allowed back on the ship.

According to the ferry liner, around 200 students from Manchester University and Manchester Metropolitan university were "certainly drunk" as they boarded a ferry on 1 April.

A spokeswoman told The Huffington Post UK their behaviour had been reported to police after they ran rampage on the ship: "We've let the tour group know they will have to make other arrangements to get back home. We have been in contact with the police and the universities directly to let them know too.

"A number of students from the two universities were on board and they were running around breaking glasses, jumping on tables, moving tables around. They were generally being quite aggressive, some of them were running around exposing themselves.

"At one point a fight broke out in the after-bar area. They were certainly drunk before they got on board the ferry."

The students are thought to have been heading to France on a skiing holiday.

In a statement the company said: "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. 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 University and Manchester Metropolitan University had not responded to requests for comment.