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On Saturday morning it was reported by Good Morning Britain journalist Richard Gaisford that a 'violent late-night brawl' took place on the P&O cruise ship 'Britannia' that was on its last leg of a week-long cruise in Norway.

The incident is said to have occurred at 2am on the 16th-floor restaurant of the ship and was reportedly started after one passenger took objection to someone dressed as a clown as they had apparently booked a cruise that had no fancy dress.

The fight is said to have left some staff members with injuries, while passengers who witnessed what happened had to defend themselves with plates. Gaisford, who was on board the ship, tweeted the following thread on Saturday morning.

Police attended the ship after it docked in Southampton and confirmed that an ongoing investigation is taking place. A Hampshire police statement said:

Officers are investigating following reports of a public order incident on-board P&Os Britannia.

The incident happened during the early hours of Friday, 26 July while the ship was enroute to Southampton from Bergen.

Six people; three men and three women were assaulted. A number of injuries were suffered including significant bruising and cuts.

Investigations are ongoing. If anyone has any information, including phone footage of the incident, they should call Hampshire Constabulary on 101 quoting 44190262605.

A spokesperson from P&O cruises said in a statement:

Following an incident on board Britannia on Thursday evening we can confirm that all guests have now disembarked and the matter is now in the hands of the local police.

Despite the seriousness of what happened people haven't been able to restrain themselves from making jokes about the situation, especially the spectre of Brexit looming over the UK.

However, despite the reports from various news sources, the Hampshire police team investigating the incident have told the Independent that no one involved in the fight was dressed as a clown or in fancy dress of any kind.

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