Carnage UK night brings disorder after criticism

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One man was arrested and two were warned for drunken behaviour during Thursday’s Carnage UK ‘Doctors & Nurses’ pub crawl in Oxford.

The three men were told to leave the city centre, but one returned to the area afterwards. As a result, he was arrested.

Two students were also seen urinating against the University Church on High Street at around 10.30pm. A student at Magdalen described the situation, “We were walking down High Street and saw two students wearing Carnage T-shirts who were pissing against the wall of the University Church. My friend went up to them and told them to resp

ect the Church as a place of worship. They gave an insincere apology but were quite embarrassed.”

This incident follows OUSU’s condemnation of Carnage UK events during Tuesday’s council. The motion criticising the company was put forward in the wake of a national scandal as a Sheffield student was caught urinating on a war memorial during a pub-crawl.

The events have prompted concerns about their impact on relations between students and locals, given the number of students involved and their presence on the streets. Carnage UK has also been accused of encouraging binge drinking. 

Between 900 and 1,000 students took part in the event this week, their route passing through Anuba, Po Na Na, Mood, Que Pasa, Escape and The Regal.

One first year participant from Worcester College described the event as “fun” with “nice people”, however complained about the queues and the difficulty of getting into Regal.

Police spokesman Dave Parker commented on the night, “It passed pleasingly quietly and was just like a normal night in Oxford.” 35 voluntary stewards and 22 police officers were stationed to keep an eye on the revellers.

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