Drunken Cambridge University students cause mayhem in public park
London, May 8 (ANI): Cambridge University students, who are among the most academically gifted in the country, caused carnage during a riotous party in a public park where they stripped off, vomited and drank themselves unconscious.
The police and paramedics were forced to intervene following the "stupidity or misguidedness" of more than 2,000 Cambridge University students, who took part in the May bank holiday party, defying police warnings to reign themselves in and curb their behaviour.
In 2010, officers had sworn that anti-social behaviour would not be tolerated and told the infamous drinking societies, which organise all-day binges that they risked breaking the law.
But the number attending the now notorious Caesarian Sunday reached new levels this weekend, causing predicable havoc and a volley of complaints.
Families said that they were appalled to see rowdy students downing so much alcohol that they urinated in park flower beds and pranced with their trousers around their ankles.
A Cambridgeshire Police spokesman said they were obliged to step in and deal with the fall out from such irresponsible behaviour.
"We are paid to protect lives and we will do so regardless of whether something has happened through their own stupidity or misguidedness," the Telegraph quoted him as saying.
The party marks the beginning of the summer term and historically takes place on Jesus Green.
Revellers began arriving at around 11.30am, many wearing university blazers and pushing trolley loads of alcohol. They then spent the afternoon getting recklessly drunk while taking part in bizarre initiation ceremonies.
Girls were seen drinking port through condoms, while others were held upside down as alcohol was poured into their mouths and some even acted out sexual positions.
At 3pm, hundreds shouted and cheered as more than 20 male students with "war paint" on their faces engaged in a vicious fight during which blood was also shed.
The annual fight is held between the drinking societies of Jesus College and Girton, known respectively as the Caesarians and the Green Giants.
The party has become a tradition ever since a member of the Green Giants stole a bottle of Pimms from the Caesarians, who took their name from the Roman leader Julius Caesar.
Just metres away a crowd of 200 had gathered to hear a brass band play, but the drunken students disrupted their afternoon's entertainment.
Tracy Burton, 31, a mother of two from Cambridge, said her four-year-old was so traumatised he had refused to go back to the park.
"I couldn't believe what I was seeing, it was disgusting behaviour by students who are meant to be the cream of the crop," she said.
"We had gone for a walk in the park with our children and there were lots of other families around and I'm furious they were exposed to their partying.
"Lots of the students were semi-naked, others were shouting, swearing and singing loudly. They were totally out of control and no one seemed to be stopping them," she said.
However, a Cambridge University spokesman dismissed the criticism and said it was "just students having fun and getting drunk".
He said that the university had no jurisdiction over what happens in a public place and therefore could not get involved.
"What people do in a public place is their concern," he said.
"The University does not condone any behaviour which causes public offences. It is up to the colleges to look into whether or not it is appropriate to discipline the students. If the university is brought into disrepute we will investigate that," he added.
The event is just one of many organised by college drinking societies, the most notorious being the Suicide Sunday which marks the end of exams in June. (ANI)
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