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Drunk off-duty police officers ‘brawled on cruise ship at the G7 summit’

Off-duty police officers had a drink-fuelled brawl on a cruise ship at the G7 summit, while another jumped off the side of the ship and into the sea, it has been reported.

Two officers are also said to have scaled a funnel of the cruise ship that hundreds of police were staying on during the event in Cornwall last month.

One officer, who jumped off the MS Silja Europa and into the sea, was sent home in ‘disgrace’ following his antics, according to the Sun.

The officer, from Greater Manchester Police, reportedly had to be rescued by the coastguard during the incident.

It is said to have taken place while the Europa was moored off Falmouth.

A source told the paper: ‘He was very drunk and jumped in the sea for a dare. The officer very nearly drowned and was sent back home in disgrace.’

One officer, who jumped off the MS Silja Europa (pictured while moored in the harbour at Falmouth) and into the sea, was sent home in ‘disgrace’ following his antics, according to the Sun

More than 6,000 officers took part in the event, the 'overwhelming majority' of whom 'behaved impeccably', said Deputy Chief Constable Jim Nye

More than 6,000 officers took part in the event, the ‘overwhelming majority’ of whom ‘behaved impeccably’, said Deputy Chief Constable Jim Nye

Drunk officers are also said to have vomited in the ship’s stairwells during a drink-fuelled party on the ship.

Two female officers also reportedly were ticked-off after using a police vehicle to drive to a nearby beach, where they ‘sunbathed’. 

The source told the Sun: ‘A few officers thought it was a bit of a meeting holiday when off duty. A small number lost the plot.’

MailOnline has contacted Greater Manchester Police and Devon and Cornwall Police for a comment.

Deputy Chief Constable Jim Nye said that more than 6,000 officers took part in the event and an ‘overwhelming majority behaved impeccably.’

In a statement, he told MailOnline: ‘Prior to and during the G7 Summit, we were clear with all staff and officers about the standards of behaviour that we expected, including those on mutual aid. 

‘Around 6,500 officers and staff supported the G7 security operation and the overwhelming majority behaved impeccably and are a credit to UK policing. 

‘We are aware of a very small number of instances where those standards of behaviour fell below what was expected of officers and staff and where necessary these matters are being dealt with by the relevant police forces.’

He added: ‘No police officers or staff were arrested in relation to deployment to the G7 Leaders’ Summit.’ 

A GMP spokesman said: ‘No GMP officer was arrested or returned to force and there were no issues reported in relation to any north west officers.’

The MS Silja Europa was used to house 1,000 police during the G7 event – which saw leaders of some of the most influential nations in the world welcomed to Cornwall.

The 14-deck vessel was built in Germany in 1993 and has a grill house, moonlight disco, pools and a spa.

However, police previously insisted that most facilities will be closed, with only the restaurants available to officers.

The MS Silja Europa was used to house 1,000 police during the G7 event - which saw leaders of some of the most influential nations in the world welcomed to Cornwall. Pictured: G7 leaders and their partners at the event last month

The MS Silja Europa was used to house 1,000 police during the G7 event – which saw leaders of some of the most influential nations in the world welcomed to Cornwall. Pictured: G7 leaders and their partners at the event last month

Police chiefs also said showtime theatre may be used, but only for ‘daily police briefings’. 

Devon and Cornwall Police previously said the liner had been hired for 10 days and was to be used by officers for accommodation, catering and ‘other essential facilities’. 

The Europa is usually sent on cruises between Helsinki and Tallinn.

It has been described by its operator Estonian shipping company Tallink as ‘the biggest and most beautiful cruise ship on the Baltic’ 

The G7 summit took place last month and saw the likes of US President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed to Cornwall.

At the event, leaders from the seven nations – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States – pledged one billion COVID vaccines for poorer countries and promised to target big tech companies with a new digital tax.

The Queen also attended the event, meeting with world leaders and prompting a laugh when she joked ‘Are you supposed to be looking as if you’re enjoying yourself?’ as they prepared to take part in a group photograph.

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